The College of the Redwoods sophomores inspired their team to their best result of the season in their final home game on Friday.
Playing at Cal Poly Humboldt’s College Creek Field, the Corsairs got their first conference win of the fall, beating Siskiyous 5-1.
And the three sophomores — Emily Orozco, Gabriella Riley and Maggie Stacey — all played a big role, as they have all season.
“Our sophomores have been great leaders for our team and have really bought into the expectations and standards that we are trying to set here for the women’s soccer program,” head coach Taylor McMillin said.
The Corsairs had to rally for the victory after giving up a goal within the opening five minutes.
But once they got the breakthrough there was no way back for the visitors.
Former St. Bernard’s Crusader Jessica Rutter opened CR’s account to tie the game, before Fortuna’s Malia Bolden put the home team ahead after she headed into the back of the net off an Alia Prentiss corner kick.
Prentiss, who graduated Arcata High earlier this year, was instrumental in the win and continued her outstanding debut season at the collegiate level.
Prentiss added a second-half hat trick with “three beautiful goals,” according to McMillin, to help the Corsairs pull away after the break.
Despite their struggles in terms of wins and losses this season, McMillin believes the team continues to show improvement.
“Today was a wonderful way to end our home games an honor our sophomores,” the coach said. “The team has been extremely committed to the process of this season. Overall the goal for this season has been to see improvement each game and today really showed that.”
Friday’s win avenged an earlier 4-1 loss at Siskiyous.
The Corsairs lost on Tuesday, falling 10-0 at Butte, and have two more games remaining this season, at Feather River and at Shasta.