Del Norte

Wildcats, Crusaders remain tied atop the Little 4 standings

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The Ferndale girls appear to be building some momentum in soccer and remain tied with St. Bernard’s atop the Little 4 standings after two league games.

The Wildcats beat South Fork 2-0 on Thursday, while the Crusaders defeated Del Norte 2-1, as both schools improved to 2-0 in league play.

The Cats, who are now unbeaten in three straight games, followed a 2-1 win over Del Norte with a two-goal shutout against South Fork.

The two Ferndale goals came in the opening half, with Jayden Murphy and Reagan Langer each scoring and Madison Gossi assisting on both.

And the Wildcats did it with just 10 players on hand.

“What impressed me about the performance was that the girls knew going in we were down a player and I think the team as a whole stepped up and covered a lot of field,” head coach Bailey Davy said. “It was impressive overall, and it was just great to see all the girls communicating out there.”

The Cubs grew into the game.

“We played a much better second half,” head coach Ann Constantino said.

Makenzie Brewer took over in goal for South Fork and had five saves on the afternoon, while Hannah Savio and Genesis Medrano each had a couple of shots on goal.

The team’s two seniors, Caidence Young and Chloe McConnell “showed terrific leadership all over the field,” according to the coach, while sophomore Flora Cruise also impressed.

At St. Bernard’s, meanwhile, the home team scored a goal in each half on the way to the win.

Sahara Tapua scored the opener off an assist from Amaiyah Her, with sophomore Amber Smith then scoring her first high school goal from the edge of the penalty area to make it 2-0.

It could have been more.

“Our forwards had many attempts today but just could not find the back of the net,” St. Bernard’s head coach Brian Finck said. “We kept the pressure on Del Norte, but their (goalies) did an excellent job today.”

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Alexis Aguirre scored the Warriors’ goal on a breakaway with 15 minutes to go after being set up on a pass from teammate Lillie Franklin.

“It was a really good and competitive game,” Del Norte head coach Cyndi Hansen said. 

Avery Ritter and Hailey Moerke each played a half in goal for the Warriors and both made some big saves.

And that wasn’t the only bright spot.

“My defense did a great job holding their line and keeping their offense out, along with our midfield,” Hansen said.

The Warriors dropped to 0-2 in league but a young roster is showing signs of improvement.

“I think we are gaining our confidence and it’s motivating the girls to keep pushing forward,” the head coach said. “I was super proud of everyone playing today.”

Next up, on Tuesday, St. Bernard’s travels to play Ferndale with the league lead on the line and South Fork plays at Del Norte.

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