The race for the Little 4 championship in girls soccer is heating up.
On Thursday, St. Bernard’s and Ferndale both won their games to go to 3-0-1 in the standings and they remain tied for the league lead.
Ferndale defeated Del Norte 2-0 and St. Bernard’s got the better of South Fork 7-2.
Reaghan Langer made it 2-0 in the second half, scoring after being set up by a beautiful through ball from Regan Russ.
“It was an overall solid performance from the whole team,” head coach Bailey Davy said. “They knew they had work to do and they took care of it in the first and second half.”
Ferndale is now unbeaten in five straight games.
A mix up in the schedule didn’t help matters for the Warriors, who traveled to Ferndale believing the game was scheduled for 6 p.m.
“Being rushed like that just took us out mentally,” head coach Cyndi Hansen said.
Despite the setback, the Warriors had some opportunities, most notably from Elizabeth Lopez, who had around 13 shots, according to her coach.
St. Bernard’s, meanwhile, comfortably took care of the Cubs at South Fork with five different players scoring.
Madelyn Shanahan scored the first two goals for the Crusaders, the second off a well-placed cross from Amber Smith, before Hannah Finck netted the third goal from the penalty spot.
It was a memorable game for three SB freshmen, two of whom scored their first high school goals.
Smith was the provider once again for Chloe Grunden, who got her first high school goal, while fellow freshman Malia Masayos added a fifth goal for the visitors.
Freshman Paula Bullock closed out the scoring for the Crusaders with a pair of goals, her first in high school, with Grunden assisting on one of them to cap a big all-around performance.
The St. Bernard’s midfield of Eliana Sellers, Arabella Maki and Andrea Torres-Zaragoza all were instrumental in the win and helped set the attack in motion.
“They did an excellent job of setting the tone of the game by controlling the ball and making critical passes that allowed the forwards capitalize on our chances,” head coach Brian Finck said.
The Cubs, meanwhile, found the back of the net twice after being shut out by the Crusaders in their league opener two weeks ago.
“(The Crusaders) have a well polished and confident attack and our inexperience showed,” South Fork head coach Ann Constantino said. “But we’re improving steadily and learning every day.”
Sophomore Makenzie Brewer, who splits time between goalkeeper and forward, scored twice in the first half for the home team.
The first goal came on a nice though ball from Cadence Young and the second on a well-placed through ball from Kara Worswick.
Senior Cloe McConnell also had a good game, while teammates Raelyn Hawkins, Zoe Bignon and Gage Bates each also impressed in the loss and are “starting to find their strengths and confidence,” according to their coach.