Thea Trout netted two second-half goals to lift No. 3 Arcata High girls soccer to a 3-1 win over visiting No. 6 Credo—Rohnert Park, Saturday afternoon at Arcata High.
Trout gave Arcata its first lead of the North Coast Section Division-I quarterfinal-round match 7 minutes out of halftime on a goal which saw the freshman bear down on Credo’s goalie with 10 yards of open grass in front of her before tapping in the unassisted lead-taking shot.
Trout struck again in the 54th minute in a similar fashion, once again working herself behind Credo’s back-line for an uncontested and unassisted shot on goal.
“Thea had a couple great runs for us,” Arcata head coach Patrick Stranahan said.
The second-half of Saturday’s match told a much different story that the first 40 minutes.
Early on, a somewhat stagnant Tigers team found themselves in a 1-0 hole after Credo’s Neva Kuhlman gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
Arcata (12-3) buckled down defensively from there on as Zoe Leonard and Sophia Salinas led a Tigers back-line which gave up little in the way of scoring opportunities for the remainder of the match.
Zakiya Elloway netted a Tigers’ equalizer in the 34th minute .
“We came out slow and didn’t play our game in the first-half,” Stranahan said. “In the second-half the girls did what they are supposed to do. They were sharp and they passed well. (Elloway) was a warhorse for us today and as always, our back-line was our anchor.”
Arcata’s goal-keeper, Skaidra Pulley, had 13 saves in the win.
Arcata advances to Wednesday’s semifinal-round with the win and will face its rival, No. 2 Eureka, on the road at Albee Stadium.
The two teams split their season series. The Loggers bested the Tigers 2-0 in their first meeting while Arcata downed Eureka 2-1 when the teams most recently met on Oct. 5.
Last season, Eureka beat Arcata 4-1 in the section title game.
When asked about the upcoming match against his club’s biggest rival, Stranahan said simply, “I’ll let that game tell the story.”