By Ray Hamill — The South Fork Cubs learned a thing or two along the way on the soccer fields this year.
Despite seeing their season come to an end on a penalty shootout in the NCS playoffs against Calistoga earlier this week, the Cubs closed out with a bang, turning in what could have been their best performance of the campaign.
It was also a very gratifying performance after a tough season, with injuries taking their toll and the Cubs having to face the onslaught of the bigger schools in the H-DNL week after week.
“For these kids to have the synergy and drive they had and to put together what they did (on Wednesday), through all the adversity we had in the big schools league, it shows tremendous character,” head coach Ann Constantino said. “I’m just so proud of these girls.”
The Cubs featured just two seniors this season and should return the core of their team next fall, from a roster packed with young emerging talent.
It wasn’t always clear just how much progress this team was making while playing on the back foot against the dominating larger schools in the area, but matching up against Calistoga in the NCS Division-III quarterfinals was different.
“To play a game like we did, it became clear how much progress we’ve made,” Constantino said. “It’s something we couldn’t see when we were getting pounded (in the H-DNL).”