Girls’ Soccer Bounces Back
On the road in Mendocino last Monday the Cubs won handily, 4-1. Senior midfielder Noelia Alatorre scored 15 minutes into the first half from about 10 yards out on a long assist pass by freshman fullback Paloma Avilez.
Sophomore striker Kylie Messenger got on the board next with her team-leading 5th goal of the season, assisted by fellow striker, junior Olivia Baffert. Baffert got a second assist when she crossed the ball to senior midfielder Victoria Van Meter who buried her shot from about 8 yards out.
The score was 3-0 at halftime. About ten minutes into the second half Mendocino scored when a defensive miscommunication allowed one of their forwards to poke in a lucky shot. Baffert got South Fork’s final goal on an unassisted breakaway for her first goal of the season.
Also playing well against Mendo was senior winger Nadia Wilke who tirelessly took the ball down the right flank and crossed it in front of the goal, keeping the pressure on the Cardinal defense throughout the game.On Wednesday the Lady Cubs made the long trek to Del Norte and found themselves down 3-0 just 20 minutes into the game. A 35 yard free kick got Del Norte on the board when it sailed just under the crossbar and over senior goalie Alex Tapia’s fingertips. The next two goals came on misplayed balls in the Cub defense, alertly collected by the Lady Warriors and put away for the 3-0 lead.
Late in the first half senior sweeper Raya Mahony was moved into a forward position to shake up the South Fork offense. Sophomore Michael Perricone took over the Mahony’s usual pressure-packed role of sweeper. When sophomore striker Kylie Messenger was fouled just outside the penalty box Mahony scored on a quick free kick, taken before Del Norte had a chance to set up their defense. The halftime score was 3-1.
In the second half Mahony scored again early in the period when a loose ball in front of the Warrior goal could not be controlled by the Del Norte defense. It escaped the keeper’s grasp and landed at Mahony’s feet and she made the opportunistic tap-in for the score.
The Cubs continued to dominate possession throughout the half and took a dozen shots, but were unable to tie the game. Contributing to the strong second half was outstanding effort on defense by junior fullback Stef Bautista, along with Perricone at sweeper and freshman fullback Paloma Avilez. The midfield engine of seniors Van Meter and Alatorre provided good service to the forwards throughout the game. Junior winger Alyssa Rogers battled for possession from the left wing and was able to feed the offense repeatedly.
This week the Cubs will begin the second round of Humboldt del Norte League play, hosting Ferndale on Wednesday with a 6 p.m. kick-off. On Friday they will play a non-league game against Willits for Homecoming, with a 3 p.m. kick-off in Miranda. If South Fork wins both of those matches they will be guaranteed to qualify for a berth in the North Coast Section Championship Tournament in November.
On Saturday the Cubs will travel to McKinleyville for a 1 p.m. kick-off.