The South Fork High School girls’ soccer team moved one step closer to a hoped for at-large berth in the post season North Coast Section Championship last week with a 7-0 thrashing of St. Bernard’s at home on Wednesday. Four different Cubs scored in the effort as they found the back of the net 6 times in the first half before rearranging the lineup and pulling back the attack.
Junior striker Brianna Finney got the Lady Cubs on the board just 2 minutes into the game by collecting a pass from senior midfielder Vonai Willison and dribbling through the Crusaders’ back line and poking in her third goal of the season. Just a few minutes later Finney assisted junior striker Megan Garcia on her first goal of the season to make the score 2-0.
Willison chimed in next with the first of three goals on the evening, banging in a well-placed corner kick from Ashleigh Harrison. Senior midfielder Megan Albee alertly redirected a deflection from a Crusader defender for the fourth goal before Willison completed her hat trick on assists from sophomore midfielder Tashina Fields and junior midfielder Jennie Rolff.
In the second half South Fork scored once more as midfielder Ashleigh Harrison unselfishly slotted a pass to junior defender Kennedy Burnett, playing up front instead of in her usual position anchoring the defense at sweeper, who found the back of the net for the first time this season.
The win brought the Cubs’ record to 2-3.
South Fork 0 - Fortuna 2
On Saturday the Lady Cubs traveled to Fortuna to play the Huskies, a big, fast squad with 7 seniors in the staring line up. South Fork shored up the defense and managed to hold Fortuna scoreless in the first half. Junior Kathy Petersen was brilliant in goal throughout and had 13 saves in the half while her defense worked tirelessly to contain the Fortuna attack.
Fullbacks sophomore Zulie Blair and freshman Ella Scott were outstanding on the outside while Burnett and fellow juniors Sammy Marino and Jennie Rolff held the middle of the field impenetrable.
Fifteen minutes into the second half Fortuna finally broke through on a perfectly placed shot from the right side, just past Petersen’s fingertips, and then scored again within five minutes from the other side. But the Cubs allowed nothing more. Petersen had 9 more saves in the second half. The Huskies shot the ball 41 times in the game, often from poor angles and under extreme pressure as directed by the Cub defense.
Sophomore midfielder Kylee Teasley and Finney created a few counterattacks for the Cubs and Finney nearly scored on a 25 yard drive that sailed just outside the post early in the second half.
This week the Lady Cubs will travel to Del Norte on Wednesday for a 3:30 kick-off and will host Humboldt del Norte League leader Arcata on Saturday at 11 a.m.
PHOTOS BY REBECCA CROSSLAND
1. Brianna Finney about to score her second goal of the game during play against the Crusaders.
2. Vonai Willison squeezes through two defenders in South Fork’s win over St. Bernard’s.