No separating Wildcats, Crusaders in Ferndale

File photo – Regan Russ

After the first round of league play in the Little 4 girls soccer there is no separating the two frontrunners.

On Tuesday, St. Bernard’s and Ferndale tied 2-2 at Ferndale High, keeping both teams unbeaten in league and tied atop the L4 standings.

After what Ferndale head coach Bailey Davy described as probably their worst half of the season, the Wildcats trailed by two goals at the interval.

However, the Ferndale players answered the call at halftime and responded with a much improved performance in the second half on the way to netting a pair of goals to share the spoils.

“We had a really rough first half,” Davy said. “No discredit to St. Bernard’s performance, but our first half was rough.

“But we answered in the second half. In the second half we were a completely different team.”

Amaiyah Her scored both goals for St. Bernard’s, with the always-dangerous Sahara Tapua assisting on the first and the second coming on a breakaway.

As expected, both teams, who came in 2-0 in league play, fought hard for the win.

“It was a tough fought game,” said SB head coach Brian Finck, who added that “it was an exciting game that entertained all the fans.”

The ever-consistent Regan Russ has been a rock at sweeper for the Wildcats and a key team leader all season, and that continued to be the case on Tuesday.

Russ assisted on both of her team’s goals, the first of which was scored by Teresa Cantana and the second by Reagan Langer.

“She really changed the momentum of the game,” Davy said of Russ. “She stepped up in an attacking position as sweeper and made things happen. She’s cool, calm and collected.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Tinnley Pidgeon also had an “outstanding game” between the posts for the home team, according to both coaches.

Next up, on Thursday Ferndale hosts Del Norte and St. Bernard’s travels to South Fork.

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