Defense answers the call as Big 4 champs continue to roll

File photo – Eureka’s Ella Tollefson

With the Big 4 championship already secured, the Eureka Loggers moved one step closer to a perfect league campaign with a 6-0 win over McKinleyville in girls soccer on Wednesday.

With the win, Eureka improved to 7-0 in league play with two games remaining.

The shutout was also the team’s 10th in 11 games and the Eureka players were determined to keep that run going this time around against the Panthers, who are the only team to have scored on them in league play.

“We remembered what happened at home when they scored on us, and there was definitely a desire not to get scored on today,” Eureka head coach Tommy Learmouth said.

Just four days after clinching the league title with a victory over Arcata, the Loggers came out fired up and quickly took control of the game with three goals inside the opening 20 minutes.

They led 4-0 at halftime.

Saedra Joseph, who is enjoying an outstanding season up front for the team, scored twice in the win, with additional goals from Lila Ekholdt, Kaitlin Giacone, Lorena Hernandes and Emily Pesch.

The ever-creative Ella Tollefson added a pair assists and continued to play a key role in the center of the field alongside Ekholdt and Angelina Conant, the latter of whom also had an assist.

Kira Morris and Grace Nelson each also had an assist.

“Our passing was really good tonight, and so was our movement off the ball,” said Learmouth, whose players were patient in possession and found their spots.

Maia Hales continued to impress in defense, anchoring a unit that has set the tempo all season long for this team, while consistent goalkeeper Claire Maples had yet another clean sheet between the posts.

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  1. Sometimes the pics are confusing, the jersey colors don’t match the actual game played.

    The weather this fall season has been something not seen in over 20 years…

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