GIRLS SOCCER — Big 4 schools continue to roll

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Quin Rush Copple scores for the Arcata Tigers just before halftime of their game with Ferndale on Tuesday afternoon.

The Eureka Loggers secured their third win in three games this season with a 7-0 victory at St. Bernard’s in girls soccer on Tuesday afternoon.

Also on Tuesday, the Arcata Tigers took care of business at home to Ferndale and won 3-0, while Fortuna won 7-0 at Del Norte.

The win for the Eureka girls lifts them to 3-0 as they prepare for the Big 4, which kicks of next week.

All three wins have come against L4 teams.

And they got plenty of balance in attack in Tuesday’s win, with five different players scoring.

The versatile Grace Nelson continued her fast start to the season with an impressive showing up front after playing in goal in a game at Ferndale last week.

Nelson netted twice in the win, while teammates Emily Pesch, Ella Tollefson, Lila Ekholdt and Maia Hales each also scored.

Ekholdt and Lorena Hernandes each also had three assists, while Tollesfon added one.

The Eureka defense which includes Hales, Paige Rodgers, Marin Matteoli, Kaylee Hill and Olivianna Millender posted a third straight shutout to start the season.

“They all did extremely well managing a team that was trying to throw numbers forward and exploit the long ball,” Eureka head coach Tommy Learmouth said of his defense. “And I thought we took that away and did really well.”

Learmouth also praised the work of his midfield trio of Angelina Conant, Ekholdt and Tollefson.

St. Bernard’s head coach Brian Finck was happy with his players’ efforts.

“Our kids never gave up,” he said. “I am proud of all of them for the effort they put forth. Eureka came to play today.

“Good luck to Eureka the remainder of the season.”

Both teams will be back in action on Thursday, when the Loggers host Del Norte and the Crusaders travel to play Fortuna.

Arcata 3, Ferndale 0

The Tigers also improved to 3-0 in games against Little 4 teams as a young Arcata roster continues to build momentum.

Sionna Khattab opened the scoring for the Tigers on a penalty kick 16 minutes in and teammate Quin Rush Copple made it 2-0 with a well placed shot into the top corner of the net right before half-time.

Sofia Griffin also scored in the win, with Soquel Macdonald, Rush Copple and Ada Kinziger each getting an assist.

“We’re a young team,” said head coach Patrick Stranahan, who graduated nine starters from last year’s team. “The girls get a little better as they get their feet under them.”

Arcata plays at South Fork on Thursday, while Ferndale plays McKinleyville.

Fortuna 7, Del Norte 0

Taylor Brooks had a hat trick as the Huskies continued their unbeaten start to the season and improved to 8-0.

Chloe Cox added two goals for the Fortuna girls, who will kick off the Big 4 next week, while Allie Cox assisted on three goals and also scored one.

Irie Shoemaker rounded out the scoring for the visitors, who controlled the midfield.

“Our whole midfield were standouts, controlling the tempo of the game and dictating the game,” head coach Arnulfo Aguirre said. “They set the tempo and pace for us today.”

Avery Ritter and Hailey Moerke split time in goal for the Warriors and both had some good stops against a talented Fortuna front line.

Del Norte head coach Cyndi Hansen also praised her defense.

“We are definitely laying the groundwork and preparing for league,” she said.

The Del Norte girls will kick off the Little 4 next week.

On Thursday, Fortuna will host St. Bernard’s and Del Norte plays at Eureka.

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