The bad news for the rest of the Big 5 is that a young Eureka Loggers team is getting better every game and turned in one of its best performances yet in a 3-1 win at Fortuna on Wednesday night.
Also on Wednesday, Arcata had a statement win at home to McKinleyville, winning 7-2, while on Tuesday St. Bernard’s defeated South Fork 3-0.
Lila Ekholdt, Kiara Morris and Ella Tollefson all scored in the Loggers’ win, in what was the team’s best performance yet, according to head coach Tommy Learmouth.
“I thought we honestly played our best game of the season in the second half,” said Learmouth. “We had a game plan and we stuck to it, and even when it was difficult the girls showed their grit.”
Mallorie Beauchamp had the Loggers’ only assist of the game, while the industrious Angelina Conant continued to impress and was “tremendous for us,” according to Learmouth.
Tollefson and Maia Hales both also continued to impress, as did teammate Jordan Brown, who came in off the bench and had a big impact.
“They’re all playing really well when we need it,” said the head coach, whose team improved to 2-0-2 in the Big 5. “Definitely game by game it’s getting better. It’s not going to be a snap of the finger thing, it’s going to be a process and they are bought into that process.”
Chloe Cox gave Fortuna the lead early in the game, netting on a breakaway after a couple of nice moves, while goalie Kelsie Hall did a good job keeping the home team in the game, making several key stops.
“As a whole our team played maybe the best game we’ve played so far this year,” assistant coach Morgan Ferguson said.
Mollie Hernandez continued to impress at left back for the shorthanded Huskies, who are still missing three players because of COVID protocols.
In their absence, midfielders Suzie Aguirre and Addie Taylor both stepped up, as did right back Myra Hayes.
“It was a great game tonight and a great environment tonight,” Ferguson added.
St. Bernard’s 3, South Fork 0
Emma Wilson scored twice on Tuesday to help lead the Crusaders to a key win over South Fork in Little 3 action.
Torrin Baty also scored in the victory.
Team captains Jess Rutter and Emma Brenes both played outstanding defense, along with sophomores Olivia Eads and Hannah Finck, to help secure the shutout, with goalkeeper Sarah McBrayer making several big saves between the posts.
“I’m very proud of all of our girls,” head coach Danny Roscoe said.
For South Fork, several players performed well despite the loss, including junior sweeper Olivia Perkins and senior Kaylee Cotter, who did an outstanding job man marking, according to head coach Ann Constantino.
“We just couldn’t find a rhythm with our passing and played a bit sloppy,” the head coach said, adding “Kudos to St. Bernard’s for their positive play.”
South Fork fullback Lily Carr also continued to play well in defense, while junior forward Summer Contreras “worked her tail off to create chances,” the coach said.
Jalynn Worswick and Milani Hunnicutt both also played well in midfield.
With the loss, the Cubs dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-1 against small schools.