The Arcata Tigers won their fifth straight game on Saturday, defeating the Huskies in Fortuna 5-2.
Kyla Berman, who is enjoying an outstanding season, continued to cause opposing defenses problems and scored two more goals as well as adding an assist.
Zoe Macknicki, Anneli Macdonald and Alia Prentiss each also scored in the win, with Prentiss adding a assist.
Not only was it the red-hot Tigers’ most impressive win of the season, it was also their best performance, according to head coach Patrick Stranahan, with a cohesive passing game and a dominating second half.
Seri Welsh also continued her impressive season in goal for Arcata, making 15 saves against a dangerous Fortuna front line, which was led by Kallia Yang, who scored both of the Huskies goals.
It was senior day for the Huskies, who honored their five seniors before kickoff, all of whom have played a big role with the team, including helping the Huskies to a first-ever league title last season.
The talented group of seniors includes Sarah Hohman, Sarah Killfoil, Nyah Cacren, Arlette Cruz and Erica Carrillo.
In addition to Yang’s big game, freshman Taylor Brooks also played well in the loss, assisting on one of the goals.
“She never stops running,” Fortuna head coach Jennifer Femenella said.
Eureka 4, Del Norte 0
The Del Norte Warriors are showing signs of improvement.
After getting blown out by the Loggers on opening day, the Warriors played them much closer this time around.
“I thought Del Norte played with a lot of heart,” said Eureka head coach Tommy Learmouth, who went with a mostly younger lineup.
Klayre Barres scored twice and had an assist in the win, as the Loggers improved to 8-0, while Liza Crassweller added a goal and an assist.
Anya Collingwood also scored and Keylei Carroll had two assists.
“I was really happy with the way the young ladies stepped up today and got some meaningful minutes,” Learmouth said of his younger players.
In particular, freshman Ella Tollefson switched to a more central role and continued to impress, as did Sidney Madsen and Torrin Baty.
The Warriors were under pressure for much of the game, but allowed five fewer goals than the last time the two teams met, with Lanamay Wise playing well in goal in the second half.
McKinleyville 6, South Fork 1
Soffia Reyes led the way as the Panthers turned in what head coach Adam Canepa described as his team’s best performance of the season.
Reyes scored three second-half goals after two first-half assists and generally controlled the tempo of the game in the center of midfield along with Mackenzie Bray and Kathryn “Kat” Tinney.
“The entire midfield worked really well together,” Canepa said. “It was a great bounce back game after losing to Eureka. Probably our best game of the year.”
Tinney, a junior, also scored her first-ever high school goal in addition to assisting on one of Reyes’ goals, as did freshman Elizabeth Mengel, while the ever-reliable Thea Trout also scored.
Bray and Keely Childs each had an assist.
Summer Contreras scored South Fork’s only goal and is averaging a goal a game this year, an impressive stat on any team but especially so for a small program like the Cubs playing regularly against bigger programs.
“Summer was a nuisance,” Canepa said. “She played very well up there.”
Macy Yarbrough assisted on the goal.
Ferndale 6, St. Bernard’s 0
Freshman Reaghan Langer scored four goals and assisted on another as the Wildcats got the better of St. Bernard’s for the second time this season.
But the victory was founded on a strong defensive performance by Clara Christiansen, Kyla Albee and Regan Russ.
“They were quick and aggressive in pressuring players,” Ferndale head coach Beth Anderson said of her defensive unit. “And we just did a better job staying composed.”
Hallie Short also scored, as did Miriam Munoz-Guerrero, who also added an assist.
Albee, Lillian Chase-Rocha and Alyssa Watkins each also had an assist.
For St. Bernard’s, Shaya Robinson and Maddy Shanahan each had a good game.
“They both covered the whole field,” St. Bernard’s coach Phil Rouse said. “They ran box to box and never let up.”