Goalkeepers shine as Crusaders and Cubs face off in L4

File photo – Mataya Sherman

A senior and a freshman both continued their impressive seasons between the posts in Little 4 girls soccer on Friday.

Senior shot stopper Mataya Sherman has been a reliable last line of defense all season for the Crusaders and she posted her third shutout in league play in a 2-0 win over South Fork.

“She has played great all season long,” St. Bernard’s head coach Brian Finck said. “It was solid play from our senior keeper.”

At the far end of the field, freshman Aurora Galaz continued to impress for the Cubs and made six saves as she continues to quickly establish herself as a reliable option for a young Cubs team.

The Cubs were playing without influential injured senior Summer Conteras, but turned in one of their best performances of the season and shut out the Crusaders in the first half, the first time they have held them scoreless for a half all season.

“What a great team effort,” South Fork head coach Ann Constantino said. “Everybody stepped up.”

Arabella Maki gave St. Bernard’s the lead in the first minute of the second half, reacting quickly to a rebound after an Ella Jimenez shot was blocked.

Torrin Baty scored the insurance goal as the SB girls sealed the win and improved to 5-1-1 in the Little 4 with two games remaining, including a game against Del Norte on Saturday afternoon.

File photo – Olivia Perkins

Roving sweeper Olivia Perkins had an outstanding game for the Cubs.

“She’s got amazing vision of the game,” Constantino said of the senior. “Some of the best I’ve ever seen in 25 years.

“She played her heart out and really kept our defense together, and she’s as tough as somebody twice her size.”

Freshman Molly Perkins also continued to play well for the Cubs, as did junior Caidence Young.

The South Fork girls will close out league play when they host Del Norte on Tuesday.

File photo – Aurora Galaz

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