Girls’ Soccer to Play St. Bernard’s in NCS Tournament
Disappointed by having to play a team they’ve already played twice this year, South Fork also lost the opportunity to host the North Coast Section tournament opener, which, despite being the lower seed, they would have had due to St. Bernard’s not having a lighted field. The mid-week section games are preferably played in the evening to accommodate fan attendance, but when the original decision for South Fork to host was challenged by St. Bernard’s due to the unsafe field conditions at South Fork, the North Coast Section moved the game.South Fork Athletic Director Andy Olsen had little choice but to go along with the St. B request since South Fork head coach Ann Constantino had been complaining about the safety of the South Fork field all season. “Before the rains, the hardness and bumpiness of the field was causing chronic lower leg and ankle issues in nearly half of our players, and since the rains have come, the large saturated bare patches cause unsafe slipping, and have worsened the unevenness of the surface,” she said. “I mentioned the condition of the field last February to the board when they met with the students, but nothing was done,” she added.
Nevertheless, the Lady Cubs, seeded 13th in the tournament, know their opponent well, and are confident they will be able to generate offense against the 5th seeded St. Bernard’s, against whom they scored 4 goals in their last match-up on October 15th. The question is whether South Fork will be able to shut down the potent Crusader offense, which has scored 11 times against South Fork in two games this season, winning 5-0 in Eureka in September and 6-4 in October.Last Wednesday to wrap up the regular season, South Fork fell to Arcata 7-1 in Arcata. South Fork had the small victory of being able to score against Arcata when late in the first half junior forward Alyssa Rogers slotted a through ball to junior striker Olivia Baffert who beat the Arcata keeper for her 7th goal of the season.
The team finished with an overall record of 6-13-1, and small school record of 5-4-1.