The South Fork Cubs won a key game in the race for a North Coast Section playoff spot with a 3-1 win over Mendocino in girls soccer in Miranda on Friday.
And they had to come from behind to achieve it, overturning a one-goal halftime deficit with three unanswered goals after the break.
Despite having the majority of possession in the first period, the Cubs were unable to breach the Mendo defense, and things got worse when leading scorer, freshman Summer Contreras, was forced out of the game with an injury just 15 minutes in.
In her absence, however, freshman forward Kayla Berteaux tied the game on an unassisted goal early in the second half.
Berteaux was also instrumental in the second goal just 10 minutes later, setting up another freshman, Macy Yarbrough, who finished from 10 yards out.
Junior co-captain Marian Del Rio, who has been one of the team’s most consistent performers this year, closed out the scoring with a beautiful lobbed shot from 30 yards out, off an assist from junior winger Aria Mahony.
Also starring for the Cubs was junior midfielder Kalea Juan, who continues to provide her teammates with a spark of energy, while sophomore defender Kaylee Cotter did an outstanding job of marking Mendo’s leading scorer Sage Calvino, who came into the game with 10 goals to her name.
Junior sweeper Jaylenne Harris also had an impact after returning to the lineup from injury.
South Fork is now 3-2 on the season and 2-1 against small schools in the race for a playoff spot.
They will play at Laytonville on Monday, where a win will likely secure a playoff spot.