The Eureka Loggers moved within one win of completing a perfect league campaign in girls soccer with a 4-1 win at Fortuna on Saturday.
The Big 4 champs improved to 8-0 and can close out an unblemished league run with a victory over Arcata on senior night at Albee Stadium on Wednesday.
The Huskies tested them early in Saturday’s game and opened the scoring less than five minutes in, but the visitors took control with two goals from Kira Morris just two minutes apart midway through the opening half.
“I thought we were pretty sluggish today. It wasn’t our best game,” said Eureka head coach Tommy Learmouth, whose players have been dealing with Homecoming festivities all week. “But we were able to respond and we responded really well.
“It took us a little bit to get started, but once we got our foot on the gas it was business as usual.”
They can thank goalie Claire Maples for helping to keep the team in the game.
Maples made 14 saves, including one on a penalty kick, on what was her busiest afternoon of the season.
“She hasn’t had a lot to do this year, but when we need her she’s always there and always consistent,” Learmouth said of the senior shot stopper.
Kaitlin Giacone and Lila Ekholdt each scored second-half goals in the win, while playmaker Ella Tollefson assisted on two of the goals and continues to have a big impact in midfield with her passing.
Grace Nelson and Morris also had assists.
Midfielder Angelina Conant had another big showing and was “phenomenal moving up and down the field,” according to the coach, while Morris had “her engine going like she always does.”
Ekholdt also had a big day, switching seamlessly from midfield to the front line as Learmouth made some adjustments to his lineup with an eye on the upcoming North Coast Section playoffs.
Defensively, the consistent Maia Hales also continued to play well in front of Maples.