Big 4 girls teams too strong for Little 4 opposition

Photos by Cherie Fry Circe – Action form Saturday’s game between the Panthers and Crusaders at McKinleyville High.

All eight H-DNL girls soccer teams were in action on Saturday on a busy day around the North Coast.

And as expected, the Big 4 teams continued to roll against some of the smaller schools in these early-season cross matchups.

The Eureka Loggers defeated Ferndale 8-0 with seven different players scoring, while the Fortuna Huskies got the better of a very young South Fork team 7-0.

Arcata defeated Del Norte 8-0 and McKinleyville beat St. Bernard’s 4-1.

The Loggers showcased their balance and depth against the Wildcats.

Lila Ekholdt scored twice in the win and had an assist, while Ella Tollefson scored a goal and had two assists.

Angelina Conant also had a goal and an assist, while Jordan Brown, Saedra Joseph, Grace Nelson and Emily Pesch each also scored.

Rounding out a very balanced offense, Kaitlin Giacone had an assist.

For the Tigers, Zoe Macknicki scored a hat trick, while teammate Alia Prentiss netted twice.

Quin Rush-Copple, Maddy Conley and Kyndle Eisner each also scored.

Prentiss, Conley and Rogue Russell each also had an assist.

Fortuna’s Taylor Brooks was involved in four of her team’s seven goals as she continued her impressive start to the season.

Brooks finished with two goals and two assists.

Chloe Cox also had a goal and an assist, while teammates Brylee Barsanti, Azucena Aguirre, Raigan Brooks and Alondra Ramirez Olea each scored a goal.

“The whole team played great today,” head coach Samuel Licona said. “They pressed well to get the ball quick and kept possession nicely.”

Seven of the Cubs’ 13 players are freshmen, while another has never played the game before, and the young roster had just 11 players available for Saturday’s game against the Big 4 school.

“It’s a mountain our freshmen are climbing,” said head coach Ann Constantino, who added “I’m seeing small steps of improvement every day.”

Freshman Molly Perkins impressed in goal for the second straight game and made five saves in the first half.

Perkins switched to the outfield for the second half, with senior Jalynn Worswick taking over between the posts and making a pair of saves.

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