By Ray Hamill — The Arcata Tigers made it two straight wins in H-DNL girls soccer on Wednesday, running out to a 7-1 victory over Ferndale on a beautiful evening at McKinleyville High.
The Tigers fell behind late in the opening half, but tied things up right before the interval and then took control of the contest with four quick goals to start the second half.
Kyla Berman scored a hat trick in the win to bring her tally to nine goals this season.
“The girls came together in the second half,” Arcata head coach Patrick Stranahan said.
Maddie Conley, Zoe Macknicki, Lynda Carlson and Grace Townsend each also scored for the Tigers, who improved to 3-2.
Anneli Macdonald had two assists in the win, while Alia Prentiss had one, slipping past a defender on a beautiful move at the corner flag before crossing into the penalty area for Conley to volley home.
Check out Prentiss’ move in our video highlights, as well as a great individual goal by Ferndale freshman Miriam Munoz-Guerrero.
Prentiss has been a consistent threat for the Tigers, scoring a hat trick in a 5-0 win at St. Bernard’s over the weekend.
At the defensive end, Zoe Leonard continues to anchor a Tigers unit that has allowed just four goals in five games.
The Ferndale Wildcats, to their credit, played very well defensively in the first half, with a composed performance from the unit before the Tigers got their breakthrough.
Eureka 11, South Fork 0
The Tollefson sisters appear to be enjoying their soccer this spring, leading the Loggers to a comfortable win at South Fork on Wednesday.
Senior Aquene and freshman Ella each netted twice in the win, with the older sister also adding a pair of assists.
“It was one of Aquene’s best games,” head coach Tommy Learmouth said. “She was constantly setting her teammates up for success.”
The two sisters were part of a dominating Eureka midfield, alongside Brynn Hales and Keylei Carroll, the latter of whom is one of this week’s Humboldt Sports Athletes of the Week.
Up front Klayre Barres continued her impressive start to the season with a hat trick, as the Loggers started fast and scored three goals in the opening 10 minutes.
Ginny Brooks, Liza Crassweller, Lila Ekholdt and Anya Collingwood each also scored once.
“It was the hottest game we’ve had to play and the ladies responded really well and we kept our level high,” Learmouth said, referring to the temperature in MIranda. “This was a great team effort and a great team win.
For South Fork, goalkeeper Lyndsee Brewer had an excellent game while being kept busy and made six saves.
Sweeper Macy Yarbrough also had a good game, as did Summer Contreras, who continually works hard.
With the win, the Loggers improved to 4-0, while South Fork dropped to 1-4.
Next up on Saturday, the Loggers play at Ferndale, while South Fork makes the trip to Del Norte.