Del Norte

LITTLE 4 SOCCER — Crusaders go top; Warriors stretch unbeaten run

File photo – St. Bernard’s Torrin Baty scored in Saturday’s win.

A back and forth Little 4 continued on Saturday, with St. Bernard’s defeating Ferndale 2-1 and leapfrogging the Wildcats to take over sole possession of top spot in the Little 4.

The loss was the first for the Ferndale girls in the L4, while the Crusaders stretched their unbeaten run to three straight.

Torrin Baty and Amber Smith each scored in he first half to give St. Bernard’s a 2-0 lead at halftime, but the Cats pulled one back with 10 minutes remaining to make for an exciting finish.

“It was a solid game played by both teams,” St. Bernard’s head coach Brian Finck said.

The St. Bernard’s defense also played a key role in the win, with Madelyn Shanahan anchoring the unit alongside seniors Ella Jimenez and Kodi Meyer, each of whom are playing high school soccer for the first time this season and each of whom have adapted well.

Freshman Alyssa Boham also played well to round out a big day for the defense.

“They played well as a defensive unit and controlled the back line for us today,” Finck said.

No scoring details were available for Ferndale.

Up in Crescent City, meanwhile, the Del Norte girls defeated South Fork 2-1 for their second win in league play.

After kicking off the L4 with back-to-back losses, the Warriors are now unbeaten in four straight games, a longer current streak than any of their league opponents.

Alexis Aguirre scored both goals for the home team, with assists from teammates Anyessa Bettega and Channey Schaad.

The team defense and goalkeeper Deja Payne were also instrumental in the win.

Payne was outstanding between the posts once again and is making a case for league MVP Goalie after saving a second-half penalty kick to keep her team in front.

“Again, she was fearless in the goal,” head coach Cyndi Hansen said.

Summer Contreras scored the Cubs’ only goal of the game on a free kick, while winger Cadence Young continued to impress in the loss, as did her younger sister Aubrey Young at full back.

The Cubs were missing influential center midfielder Jaylnn Worswick, who was out injured.

“We struggled in midfield, but every game is a learning experience,” head coach Ann Constantino said.

Freshman Aurora Galaz returned to the lineup and had another solid game in goal, allowing Molly Perkins to return to the defense where she played well.


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