By Ray Hamill — The Eureka girls soccer team honored their senior class before Wednesday’s league finale against Arcata at Albee Stadium.
The five seniors — Sydney Madsen, Amelia Staiano, Claire Maples, Kira Morris and Saedra Joseph — all played a key role in the team’s undefeated Big 4 campaign, as the Loggers clinched a first league championship since 2018.
Staiano and Madsen are both four-year varsity players and were freshmen when head coach Tommy Learmouth took over the team in 2019.
Maples joined the team as a sophomore and is a three-year starting goalkeeper.
“She has been exactly what we needed at the back, and has developed into a vocal leader,” the coach said.
Morris and Joseph both joined the team last year and had an immediate impact while developing into two of the most dangerous forwards in the H-DNL.
“Kira and Saedra immediately brought a spark to the offense and a spark to practice,” Learmouth said.
The Loggers tied the Tigers 1-1 and closed out league play with a record of 8-0-1.
They are the top-ranked team in the North Coast Section, according to MaxPreps, and are expected to receive the No. 1 seed for the Division-I field.
The seeds and brackets will be announced on Sunday.