By Ray Hamill — Eureka freshman Lila Ekholdt continued her impressive start to the new season on Wednesday, scoring the only goal in a key H-DNL girls soccer matchup against Arcata.
The newcomer has wasted no time settling in at the high school level, scoring four goals in the opening two games.
She got the decisive breakthrough 10 minutes into the second half in what was a deserved win by the Loggers in a showdown between these two H-DNL powers.
The win lifts the Eureka girls to 2-0 on the season.
“Today we rolled out a new formation and we went through some growing pains with it,” Eureka head coach Tommy Learmouth said. “But the girls definitely stepped it up in the second half.”
The new system is more of an offensive style for the offensively powered Loggers.
“The girls wanted to capitalize on our strengths,” Learmouth said.
It has been business as usual for the Loggers so far this season, with four college-bound senior players all leading the way on a deep and talented roster.
Seniors Klayre Barres, Keylei Carroll, Aquene Tollefson and Brynn Hales all have begun the season as expected, taking the game to their opponents, but the play of the freshmen has been every bit as impressive.
In addition to Ekholdt, newcomer Ella Tollefson has played a key role in the early going, as has Maia Hales.
Maia Hales had another big game at the back against the Tigers, as the Loggers defense posted the shutout with a composed performance.
Brynn Hales, Becca Russ and Peyton Goodman each also had a big game in defense.
“Our senior leaders have been everything I expected,” Learmouth said. “And our freshmen are holding up on their own.”
Next up on Saturday, the Loggers play at Fortuna in a showdown of two unbeaten teams, while Arcata plays at St. Bernard’s.