The South Fork’s boys’ soccer team will travel to Emeryville Wednesday night to play against the Emery Secondary School Titans in the opening round of the North Coast Section Championship tournament. The Cubs are seeded 9th with a 4-11 record and the Titans are #8 with an 11-4-3 record.
The Cubs won their last game of the season last Wednesday, defeating the McKinleyville Panthers 2-0 at home. Only the 4th win on the season, the Cubs have played many narrowly lost matches that felt like wins against teams in higher divisions and sharpened their skills for the fine performance that showed how the team, as head coach Travis Genzoli stated it, "saved the best for last."
Senior David Beebe scored on a breakaway in the first half and then assisted the second goal when freshman Jorin Eddy finished Beebe’s cross.
"We won the game on a physical level, being thoroughly aggressive with our pressure offense and yet patient with the ball," said Genzoli, who changed up his formation for the match. "We played a 4-4-2 for the first time and it worked. I’d never been so relaxed on the sideline because they were doing all the communicating themselves."
Junior defenders Kyle Wescott and Jesus Lopez overcame nagging injuries to shut down the Panther offense. Juniors Mike Harrison and Dustyn Salomon established a passing game based on quick decisions and smart distribution.
"Damian (Alatorre) made great stops and David (Beebe) played the best game I’ve ever seen him play," said Genzoli of two of three seniors honored on the night in their last regular season home game along with left footed four-year starter and defensive stalwart Leo Horvath.
PHOTOS BY HEATHER SALOMON
1. Seniors David Beebe, Damian Alatorre, and Leo Horvath with coach Travis Genzoli after their game.
2. The South Fork boys’ soccer team celebrates after their win against McKinleyville.