By Ray Hamill — The Ferndale Wildcats won a first-ever North Coast Section girls soccer championship with a well-taken goal and some outstanding defense on Wednesday.
Playing league rival St. Bernard’s in the Division-3 final, the Cats scored early and held their nerve for the following 75 minutes.
Teresa Catana scored the only goal of the game just five minutes in on a wonderfully placed Regan Russ corner kick.
Russ was outstanding once again while anchoring the back line, along with teammate Michaela Ellsmore.
“It felt like they were ready for it. I just think the girls were locked in,” Ferndale head coach Bailey Davy said.
The Crusaders were missing two key players, who were in Sacramento for a playoff volleyball game, but they gave it their all and fell just short in their bid for a fourth straight NCS championship.
Goalkeeper Tinnley Pidgeon also was instrumental in the win with a composed performance between the posts.
The Wildcats join Eureka, Fortuna and St. Bernard’s as the only H-DNL teams to have ever won an NCS championship in soccer.
For more on the game, see ‘Locked-in’ Wildcats claim first-ever NCS crown …