The South Fork Cubs closed out the H-DNL girls soccer season with a 2-0 victory at St. Bernard’s on Saturday, their second over the Crusaders in two games this year.
Kalina Paine gave the visitors the lead against the run of play in the first half on a brilliant strike into the top right corner of the goal, with the ever-consistent Marian Del Rio assisting on the strike.
“There’s probably not a goalie in the the league that could have stopped that shot,” St. Bernard’s coach Phil Rouse said. “It was hit hard.”
Caidence Young scored in the second half off an assist from Summer Contreras to give the Cubs a two-goal cushion.
“It was an excellent team effort,” South Fork head coach Ann Constantino said, adding that Macy Yarbrough, Franny Genolio, Kalea Juan, Lily Carr and Olivia Perkins combined to play “air tight defense” in front of goalie Lyndsee Brewer, who has impressed all season and made four saves on the day.
Kaylee Cotter also had a good game for the Cubs on the wing.
For St. Bernard’s, freshman Bella Maki was impressive marking the ever-dangerous Contreras.
“Bella just shut her down completely,” said Rouse, who only made the decision to put Maki on Contreras right before kickoff. “It was a really good performance from her.”
Olivia Eads and Hannah Finck each also played well for St. Bernard’s, as did team leader Emma Wilson, who played with bruised ribs.
“She stepped up,” Rouse said. “She’s a tough kid.”
Jessica Rutter and Ema Brenes also closed out strong for the Crusaders, who welcomed back their volleyball contingent for the final game.
“We finished on a positive note,” said Rouse, who praised his team’s performance despite the loss. “We finished with a strong performance.”
South Fork closed out the spring 2-1 against Little 4 opposition.