South Fork’s girls’ soccer team got their second win of the season and then fell to the league leaders this week, bringing their record to 2-12-2.
The long journey to Crescent City provides a test for even an experienced team, but it was especially encouraging for the young Lady Cubs to get a 1-0 win there last Wednesday. The match was fairly even through the first half and the score was 0-0 at the intermission.
About ten minutes into the 2nd half, freshman outside midfielder Madisyn Salomon floated a long pass to senior forward Brianna Finnney who took the ball past the Del Norte back line and put a low hard shot into the net past a diving goalkeeper.
Del Norte pressed hard for the rest of the game hoping to equalize, but the Lady Cubs held on in the waning light for the win. Junior Neida Alatorre, sophomore Ella Scott and freshman Izzy Hawkins were outstanding in the defense. Freshman Sophie Depew played tirelessly in the midfield, both sparking the Cub attack and shoring up the defense.
On Saturday the Lady Cubs faced Humboldt Del Norte Conference leaders Arcata at home and fell 7-0. Despite the lopsided score the Lady Cubs fought hard from whistle to whistle and during the second half were able to try out some new positional assignments in preparation for next year.
Freshman Madisyn Salomon has been putting in extra time along with Raya Mahony and Noelia Alatorre learning goalkeeping skills with assistant coach Michela Hernandez who was HSU’s starting keeper for a season. Salomon made her debut as goalie against Arcata’s powerhouse offense, and while she conceded four goals she also made a half dozen saves and showed great potential in the role.
Sophomore Ella Scott played sweeper for the half and did a fine job learning the pressure-packed position on the spot.
This week the Cubs face Ferndale at home on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and then Willits at home at 3:00 p.m. on Friday for Homecoming.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SUZANNE VAN METER
1. Senior Brianna Finney calls her shot on the line seconds before her solo-shot, game-winning goal.
2. Freshman defender Izabella Hawkins is a fierce competitor against the Del Norte striker.