Fortuna girls score four late goals to pull away at Mack


File photo – Kallia Yang

The Fortuna Huskies closed out the H-DNL girls soccer season with a 5-1 victory at McKinleyville on Saturday, with five different players getting on the scoresheet.

The Panthers matched them stride for stride for most of the game, but the Huskies’ strength showed late with four goals in the final quarter of the game.

“We had kind of a slow first half, but we picked it up in the second half,” head coach Jennifer Femenella said. 

Jocelyn Ortega-MIranda, Kallia Yang, Sophia Villalvazo, Nyah Cacren and Sarah Killfoil all scored in the win.

Yang, who was outstanding all season up front for the team, added as assist, as did the in-form Mollie Hernandez.

Taylor Brooks also capped a great freshman season with two assists.

“I was really happy with the way the team played,” Femenella said of the season. “Who knew what was going to happen this season?”

The Huskies closed out an impressive campaign with a record of 7-2.

“I had a great coaching staff,” said Femenella, who in her first year as head coach. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Mackenzie Bray scored McKinleyville’s only goal — which head coach Adam Canepa described as a “pretty amazing shot” — and closed out her high school career with another strong performance.

Soffia Reyes assisted on the goal.

Bray is one of three seniors the Panthers will graduate, along with Olivia Alexander and Olivia Rink.

Rink and Alexander both played key roles defensively for the team this season, stepping into new roles and stepping up to the challenge.

Both of them also played just about every minute of every game this season, with Olivia Rink relishing the opportunity to play alongside her younger sister, freshman Lacie Rink, on the back line all season.

“She was excited to play with her sister this season,” Canepa said.

The Panthers closed out the season an impressive 7-3.

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