Tigers pull away from the Panthers in the second half

Photos by Cherie Fry Circe – Action from Wednesday’s game.

The Arcata Tigers got back to winning ways in girls soccer on Wednesday evening, defeating McKinleyville 4-2.

After going winless in their last three games, including a 1-0 loss to the Panthers, the Arcata girls made sure of the victory this time around, breaking a 1-1 tie with three unanswered goals after the break before McKinleyville added a second goal late.

Four different players scored in the win, including Jada Lusk, Kyla Berman, Alia Prentiss and Maddy Conley.

Prentiss also had an assist, as did teammate Zoe Macknicki.

With the win, the Tigers improved to 2-2-1 in league play.

The Panthers, meanwhile, battled back from an early deficit to tie the game before halftime, with Soffia Reyes assisting on a Thea Trout goal.

Reyes would score their second goal on a penalty kick late in the game after Leah Circe was fouled in the box.

“I thought we played really well. I thought we out-played them for a good majority of the game,” McKinleyville head coach Adam Canepa said. “We never gave up. We kept trying the whole time and we had many scoring chances.”

Mary Ann Som continued to impress in center midfield for McKinleyville and “has been improving a lot this year,” according to her coach, while Liz Mengel also had a good game in defense and midfield.

With the loss, the Panthers are now 1-4 in the Big 4.

Next up, on Saturday, the Tigers play Eureka at Arcata on Saturday, while McKinleyville will play Fortuna.

Categories: Arcata, McKinleyville, Soccer

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