The Eureka Loggers continued their winning ways with a 7-0 victory against Ferndale on Saturday, as they improved to 5-0 on the season.
The in-form Tollefson sisters impressed once again in the win, with senior Aquene netting once and providing two assists, while freshman Ella scored two goals for the second straight game.
As a team, however, the Loggers took their time getting going.
“I thought we played really well in the second half, but in the first half we were a little sluggish,” head coach Tommy Learmouth said. “It seemed we were a little down, but we picked it up in the second half.”
Becca Russ was also instrumental in the victory, starting the game up front and finishing it at center back, and playing outstanding at both positions.
Russ and Aquene Tollefson are among the several seniors enjoying a sensational final campaign with the team, and each has been a major force for the team all season.
Another senior who has been playing well is Klayre Barres, who scored twice on Saturday, while fellow seniors Keylei Carroll and Brynn Hales each added a goal, the latter on a wonderful long-range effort.
Despite the loss, a solid looking Ferndale team has enjoyed a return to soccer this season for the first time in two-and-a-half years and has impressed coaches all around the league.
“Ferndale looked good,” Learmouth said. “They came in and they brought energy. They gave us in that first half everything we could handle.”
Check out Brynn Hales spectacular long-range goal from Saturday’s game below …
The Wildcats defense — a unit that includes three freshmen and a sophomore — continued to looked composed for much of the game, with strong performances from Regan Russ, Clara Christiansen, Kayla Albee and Marin Matteoli.
“The girls played to the end and I do think they’re improving every game,” Ferndale head coach Beth Anderson said. “Like I told them, at the end of the game we were a better team than at the beginning of the game.”
Goalkeeper Bella Stephens also had another strong outing for the Cats.
Arcata 4, McKinleyville 2
The Tigers took control of a tight game with three second-half goals on the way to their third straight win.
Alia Prentiss continued her impressive season with two of her team’s goals, while Kyla Berman scored her 10th goal of the season and Zoe Macknicki added the other and also had an assist.
Junior midfielder Tildy Macdonald was once again instrumental in the victory with her play in the midfield, as she continues to set the tone in attack.
“Tildy Macdonald is really doing a great job for us distributing the attack,” Arcata head coach Patrick Stranahan said.
Macdonald’s play was just part of a very impressive passing game for the Tigers, something they have been working on.
“My girls had a beautiful passing game today,” Stranahan said. “As a team, because of the short run up to the season, we really didn’t have a chance to establish our passing game, but now we’re putting together some really nice moves.”
In goal, Seri Welsh turned in another strong performance.
“Seri is an all-star for us,” Stranahan said.
Mackenzie Bray and Soffia Reyes both scored beautiful goals for the Panthers.
Thea Trout assisted on Reyes goal, crossing into the box before Reyes turned on an excellent move and slotted home.
“They played really well,” McKinleyville head coach Adam Canepa said of his players, who tied the game twice before giving up two late goals. “It was a good game by both teams.”
In goal, Taya Gomes also had a good game for the Panthers, who battled hard all game.
“There was no quitting attitude, which has been really good to see,” Canepa said of his players.
Fortuna 8, St. Bernard’s 0
The Fortuna freshmen continued to impress alongside a couple of key seniors on Saturday, as the Huskies ran out to a comfortable 8-0 win over St. Bernard’s.
Newcomer Jocelyn Ortega-Miranda scored a hat trick to lead a strong Fortuna attack, while fellow freshman Brylee Barsanti also found the back of the net.
Not to be out-done, the senior pairing of Sarah Killfoil and Nyah Cacren each also had a big afternoon as the Huskies improved to 4-1.
Killfoil scored a pair goals, with Cacren assisting on one of them.
Overall, it was a nice way to respond to last week’s loss to Eureka.
“I thought we had really good team energy today,” head coach Jennifer Fermenella said. “There was really positive chemistry out there.”
Sophomore Kaydence Ferguson also scored, as did freshman Addisyn Taylor.
The impact of the young players didn’t end there with another freshman, Stormy Bowman, adding an assist.
South Fork 3, Del Norte 1
Kaylee Cotter scored her first ever high school, while Summer Contreras scored her fifth and sixth goals of the season, as the Cubs posted an impressive win at Del Norte.
Contreras opened the scoring in the first half off an assist from Caidence Young, before Cotter’s strike made it 2-0 at halftime.
Contreras added her second of the game to make it 3-0 on an unassisted goal.
Marian Del Rio and Kalea Juan controlled midfield for the Cubs, who dominated possession and had 11 shots on goal.
According to head coach Ann Constantino, Kalina Paine and Macy Yarbrough both added a spark at both ends of field for the Cubs, who are an impressive 2-2 in their last four outings despite playing some bigger programs.