Girls’ soccer season ends after close loss to Calistoga

Redwood Times

The South Fork’s girls’ soccer team wrapped up its 2012 season with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss against Calistoga last Wednesday in the opening round of the North Coast Section Championship tournament. The game was played in a steady rain that made the field slick and the ball heavy.

Throughout the first half it looked like South Fork would jump out in front as freshman winger Ashleigh Harrison and senior forward Vonai Willison worked the ball through the Calistoga defense for several shots. The Calistoga keeper lost the wet ball several times, but the Cubs couldn’t convert.

South Fork’s defense was tight and organized and easily withstood mostly weak pushes forward from the home team. The Lady Cubs remained unable to finish and the half time score was 0-0.

In the second half momentum changed and Calistoga appeared hungrier for a goal and tighter on defense. South Fork had a couple more scoring opportunities that went unfinished and then with just three minutes left in the game Calistoga poked in a deflection off Cub keeper Kathy Petersen for the winner.

The loss gave the Cubs a 5-10-3 season record. Calistoga went on to lose on Saturday to the #4 seed in the tournament St. Vincent 4-0.