Talented trio lead Mack past St. Bernard’s in girls soccer

The McKinleyville Panthers improved to 3-2 in H-DNL girls soccer on Monday with a 5-0 win at St. Bernard’s.

The Panthers scored four times in the first half to take control of the game and never looked back, with the talented trio of Mackenzie Bray, Thea Trout and Soffia Reyes controlling the tempo of the game in the center of the field.

“They all had good games,” Mack coach Adam Canepa said of the trio. “They worked really well together and created opportunities.”

Trout got the scoring started on a penalty kick she earned, before Reyes scored the first of her two goals off an assist from freshman Leah Circe.

Bray added two more goals before halftime, both of them assisted by Trout, who was involved in three of her team’s goals and is enjoying a fine sophomore season.

Reyes added her second goal after the interval, breaking out of defense on a St. Bernard’s corner kick and running the length of the field to score.

“Soffia had a very good game, and I thought my young players played good again, so that’s good to see,” Canepa said.

A young St. Bernard’s team had just 11 players suit up and lost one to injury for the second half.

“I have to give props to St. Bernard’s,” Canepa said. “Their young talent looked good. I think they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in a couple of years.”

A busy period that sees the Panthers play four times in eight days continues on Wednesday when they play at Eureka at 3:30 p.m.

The Crusaders are scheduled to host Del Norte on Wednesday.

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