St. Bernard’s must wait for shot at NCS title


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By Ray Hamill — The St. Bernard’s girls soccer team will have to wait another few days for a shot at a North Coast Section championship.

The Crusaders were scheduled to play Technology in the championship game at Rancho Cotate High School on Tuesday evening, but the game has been pushed back to Saturday due to the poor air quality in the area caused by the ongoing California wildfires.

Several football games were also pushed back a week, including games involving St. Bernard’s and Fortuna.

The St. Bernard’s girls were originally scheduled to play Technology this past Saturday, with the game now having been postponed twice.

St. Bernard’s is the No. 2 seed in the girls’ Division-III bracket, while Technology, out of Rohnert Park, is seeded No. 1.

The Crusaders are looking to become the third local team to win an NCS title in soccer this season, with Eureka defeating Arcata 4-1 in the girls Division-I championship on Saturday, and Fortuna defeating Del Norte 3-2 in overtime in the boys’ D-I decider, also on Saturday.

St. Bernard’s is also looking for its third NCS title in girls soccer, having previously won in 1999 and 2003.

It is also the Crusaders’ first NCS championship game in the sport since they last won it 15 years ago.

Game time is set for 1 p.m., the same time as the school’s football team will be playing at San Marin in Novato.

The game is one of three NCS soccer championships that have been affected by the air quality, with Anderson Valley now scheduled to host Jewish Community in the boys’ Division-III championship on Thursday and Head-Royce hosting Making Waves Academy in the D-II decider in Oakland on Friday.

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