Del Norte’s Jadence Clifton might be better known for her basketball skills, but she closed out her high school soccer career with a bang on Thursday.
Clifton, one of three seniors on the Del Norte team, scored the decisive goal in the final minute of a 2-1 win over Ferndale in Crescent City.
It was just the second win of the spring for the Warriors, who closed out strong with two victories in the final eight days of the season.
Defensively, Jasmine Palmerin, Channey Schaad and Kaylee Jackson all played well, soaking up the pressure against a dangerous Ferndale attack.
Alyssa McCovey scored the Warriors’ first goal, with Anessa Baptista getting an assist.
Clifton, Schaad and fellow senior Maykala Jackson were each playing their final games for the Warriors.
Miriam Munoz-Guerrero, meanwhile, capped an impressive freshman campaign with the only goal of the game for Ferndale, off an assist from fellow freshman Reaghan Langer.
However, it was one of the few highlights of the game for a sluggish Ferndale team.
“We just never seemed to get going,” Ferndale coach Beth Anderson said.
Seniors Hallie Short and Samantha Mena-Funes were playing their final games for the Wildcats.
Short was a team captain and “brought a lot of leadership and positivity and always played strong in the center of the field,” according to her coach.
“Both girls played well for us,” Anderson added. “It’s sad to see them go.”
Fielding a team for the first time since 2018, it was an impressive season for the Cats, who were one of the surprises of the spring with how competitive they were.
“I was really happy with how much the girls improved and how much effort they put in,” Anderson said.