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In-form South Fork girls get first league win at Del Norte

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The South Fork Cubs probably don’t want to see their season end.

Just four days after getting their first win of the fall in a homecoming game against Fort Bragg, the Cubs got their first league win when they beat Del Norte 3-2 in Crescent City on Tuesday.

A young South Fork team that features just two seniors has found its scoring touch late in the season with eight goals in the final two games.

Influential senior Caidence Young capped a brilliant individual season with another big performance on Tuesday and was involved in all three South Fork goals, all of which came from corner kicks she took.

It was something the senior co-captain has been working hard on independently and the placement of her corner kicks continually made life difficult for the Del Norte defense. 

Hannah Savio also was influential in the win, winning the corner kicks with some nice moves in attack, while freshman midfielder Genesis Medrano continued her late season-surge with another big performance.

“Everything we’ve worked at all season finally gelled for us as the kind of teamwork that makes this game so beautiful,” South Fork head coach Ann Constantino said. 

Zoe Bignon and Gage Bates each also played well in midfield in the win, while Molly Perkins and Rae Hawkins did a good job defending wide.

Cloe McConnell and Aubrey Young both also played well defending against a Del Norte team that battled hard to the end.

“Del Norte pressed hard at the end, and I have seldom been so happy to hear the final whistle,” Constantino said.

Aurora Galaz had some big saves in goal to help secure the win.

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Zoe Bignon

“Their goalie did an excellent job blocking any more attempts we had,” Del Norte head coach Cyndi Hansen said of Galaz.

The Warriors honored their seniors — Channey Schaad, Abbigail Stephens and Lily Sherman — before kickoff.

And all three players, according to Hansen, played a pivotal role for the team this fall.

“They will be missed next year,” the coach said of the trio, each of whom played hard in their final game.

Submitted photo – The three Del Norte seniors were honored before kickoff.

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