South Fork’s Lady Cubs won one and lost one last week. The 3-0 home win on Wednesday over Ferndale brought them one step closer to a qualifying record for the North Coast Section tournament in the post season.
With a small-school record of 3-2 (3-6-1 overall) and just two more small schools to play, the Cubs need just a win or a tie in either contest to meet the minimum requirements for an NCS berth.
The Ferndale Wildcats came to play on the warm evening last Wednesday and pushed relentlessly toward the South Fork goal without success throughout the game. Outstanding defense from the Cubs produced the team’s 3rd shutout within its classification on the season.
An attack led by midfielders senior Vonai Willison and freshman Ashleigh Harrison and supported by breakout play from sophomore rookie Kylee Teasley created close to 20 scoring opportunities and 16 shots on goal.
Willison got the Cubs on the board half way through the first half as a through ball delivered from Harrison put her behind the Wildcat defense for a 1V1 with the keeper that Willison converted with poise and precision.
Senior Megan Albee and freshman Ella Scott kept Ferndale’s biggest scoring threat quiet while junior sweeper Kennedy Burnett anchored the rest of the defense. Junior goalkeeper Kathy Petersen had saves.
With a 1-0 halftime score South Fork could hardly relax as Ferndale continued to press in the second half. Teasley got the ball to Harrison from the wing 10 minutes into the half and the quick diminutive midfielder dribbled around several Wildcats to drill a shot past the goalie.
Late in the game junior Brianna Finney dribbled through the Ferndale defense and her hard strike was deflected by the goalie to the feet of Willison who put the icing on the cake with her team-leading 6th goal of the season.
On Saturday the Cubs lost to McKinleyville on the road 2-0. South Fork had only 11 players available and McKinleyville had just twelve.
Poor officiating allowed the game to become too physical and before it was over both squads had only 10 players on the field due to injuries and 3 yellow cards had been issued.
The Cubs created a handful of scoring chances but were outmatched by Mack’s physical play which caused a couple of costly defensive errors allowing one Panther goal in each half.
This week the Cubs will travel to Eureka on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. and to St. Bernard’s on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
The Cubs have outscored their small school opponents 15-4 so far this year.