Okanogan girls soccer falls to Adna 3-1 in the first round of the WIAA 2B state tournament

WENATCHEE – Not exactly your storybook ending, at least not for the Okanogan High School varsity girls soccer team.

The Lady Bulldogs entered this year’s WIAA 2B girls soccer state tournament as the number #1 seed, donning a 16-1 record leading up to the state tournament and winners of 11 straight matches.

However, they would face their toughest test of the season as Adna came out firing early on scoring three goals in the first 15 minutes to take a commanding grip of the match.

“We finally settled in at about the 20-minute mark and started putting lots of pressure on their defense but were unable to score in the first half,” said Dean Klepec, head coach for Okanogan.

Going into halftime trailing 3-0, Okanogan came out in the second half and kept attacking and trying to create scoring opportunities.

At the 60 minute mark Danielle Sparks (Colville tribal member) forward for Okanogan found a little bit of space and found the back of the net, cutting the deficit to 3-1 with around 20 minutes left.

“Great shot from Daniele Sparks,” said Klepec. “We continued to put pressure on them but just couldn’t find the back of the net."

Adna weathered the storm in the last 20 minutes of the game and held on for a 3-1 win over Okanogan on Saturday (Nov. 13) afternoon in the quarterfinals of the WIAA 2B Girls soccer state tournament at the Apple Bowl in Wenatchee.

“We had a great season, we played and beat the top 2B teams from all over the state to get us ready for a playoff run, but fell a little short,” said Klepec. “Soccer is a sport that you can dominate possession and scoring opportunities and still lose, which is what happened to us against Adna.”

“I am proud of the way our team played, they never gave up and played with heart and class which is no surprise to me when you consider the leaders we have on our team.”

Okanogan will bring back a good portion of their lineup but will lose some key players from this year’s team.

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