Loggers edge the Tigers in classic girls soccer matchup

File photo – Eureka’s Klayre Barres scored the winning goal on Saturday.

It took a long time, but the Eureka Loggers’ defense was finally breached in girls soccer on Saturday afternoon.

The real story of the day, however, was how they responded.

Playing arch rivals Arcata, the Loggers led for much of the game after senior Liza Crassweller had netted for them in the third minute.

But a talented Tigers team battled back to tie things up on an Alia Prentiss goal with just 10 minutes remaining.

It was the first goal the Loggers had allowed since losing to Arcata in overtime of the 2019 North Coast Section semifinal, a run of 630 scoreless minutes this season.

The Eureka players, however, responded in style, with senior Klayre Barres scoring just eight minutes later to give the Loggers a 2-1 win and see them close out the spring season undefeated.

“Arcata came out and gave us everything we could handle,” Eureka head coach Tommy Learmouth said. “But I was really happy with how we responded.”

It was the final high school game for a talented group of Eureka seniors, all of whom played a big part in the win.

Barres also assisted on Crassweller’s goal, while fellow senior Keylei Carroll had an assist on the decisive late goal.

“This season would not have been possible without them,” Learmouth said. 

File photo – The Loggers closed out the season undefeated.

Anya Collingwood, Brynn Hales, Aquene Tollefson and Rebecca Russ rounded out the senior class.

For Arcata, goalkeeper Seri Welsh was outstanding between the posts, making an impressive 18 saves in between the early and late goals.

“It was a classic game. It really was an awesome soccer match,” Arcata head coach Patrick Stranahan said. “It was just a true soccer community event.”

After the game both teams lined and jogged across the field to thank all the parents and spectators who had supported them all season.

“That was a really cool moment,” Stranahan said.

The loss was the first in seven games for Arcata, which closes out 7-3.

The Tigers had three seniors this season, including Linda Carslon, who was not available on Saturday but scored a hat trick in her final appearance for the team last week.

The Tigers also will say goodbye to the talented center back pairing of Sophia Salinas and Zoe Leonard, each of whom has been outstanding in heart of defense for their entire high school careers, including playing a pivotal role in helping their team reach the NCS championship game in 2019.

The Loggers won all eight games they played this spring, outscoring their opponents 47-1.

And the Arcata girls, according to their head coach, were “jazzed about getting a goal on them.”

Eureka’s two wins over Arcata this season were by just one goal each.

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