Pirates Trap Tigers for Fourth-Straight Victory

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Summer White recorded a brace and an assist, and Presley Smith added one goal and two assists, as Adna took care of business in a 5-1 victory over Napavine on the road Monday in 2B Central League North Division action.

“We didn’t start out well and weren’t mentally in it,” Adna coach Horst Malunat said. “But we picked things up, worked harder and played better.”

The Pirates took advantage first with White scoring in the 13th minute, followed by a penalty-kick goal by Smith in the 23rd minute to help Adna go up 2-0.

Napavine senior star Natalya Marcial inched the Tigers closer with a goal in the 56th minute off an assist by Hayden Kaut.

“That goal was some incredible soccer,” Napavine assistant coach Chris Tarabochia said. “This was our best game of the year. Adna brought the best out of us tonight.”

But the Pirates came firing back with Kaylin Todd’s goal in the 67th minute, assisted by White to make it 3-1.

Adna senior Faith Wellander got on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute off an assist by Smith, and White capped off the scoring in the 77th minute from Smith’s second assist.

Adna outshot Napavine 12-2 on the night.

“We moved the ball around well and our forwards were good,” Malunat said. “Overall we played pretty good.”

The Pirates (4-4, 3-0 league) have now won four straight after dropping their first four non-league matches of the season. Their match against Ilwaco this week was canceled, so their next match is a road game in Forks on Monday.

Napavine’s three-match win streak was snapped with the loss. The Tigers (5-2, 1-1 league) hosts Forks on Wednesday.

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