South Fork Girls’ Soccer Tie, Win, and Lose Last Week

Junior Winger Regina Salomon scored the first goal of her high school career last Friday at South Fork [Photo by Crystal Salomon]

Playing three matches last week, the South Fork High Lady cubs soccer team tied Del Norte Wednesday 1-1, beat Willits 2-0 for Homecoming on Friday, and then fell to Fortuna 6-0 on Saturday. The Cubs overall record now stands at 3-4-2 on the season, 1-1-1 against small schools.

The home match against Del Norte was hard fought, and while South Fork had a bit more possession and outshot the Lady Warriors 9-6, it was Del Norte who got on the board first late in the first half as they poked a hole in the Cub back line for a hard 10 yard shot into the top corner of the net.

Sophomore striker Kylie Messenger brings the ball down the field past a Willits defender [Photo by Crystal Salomon]

With the score 1-0 at half time, South Fork continued to press into Del Norte’s end, but could not score. South Fork keeper, sophomore Paloma Avilez, made 5 outstanding saves to keep the game within reach, and when a Del Norte defender handled the ball in the penalty box, senior striker Olivia Baffert buried the penalty kick for her fourth goal of the season to tie the game. Senior defender Stef Bautista was a defensive standout in the match.

On Friday, the Lady Cubs hosted Willits for Homecoming and won 2-0. The Cubs had defeated Willits back on August 30, 4-1, in Willits. This time the Lady Cubs would dominate again, outshooting Willits 10-3, and keeping the ball in the Wolverine half for much of the contest.

Sophomore striker Kylie Messenger got her fourth goal of the season off a cross from Baffert for South Fork’s first goal about 20 minutes into the first half. Just ten minutes later junior winger Regina Salomon collected a loose ball at the edge of the box and chipped her 20 yard shot over the keeper’s head for her first high school goal.

Freshman winger Alahni Christianson battle for the ball against Willits last Friday [Photo by Crystal Salomon]

Junior midfielder Sophia Wallace Boyd played well, continuing to improve her command of the midfield, and freshman newcomer Jaylenne Harris played outstanding defense.

On Saturday the Cubs fell to Fortuna 6-0 at home. Weary from a week of Homecoming festivities, the Lady Cubs were on defense for nearly the entire match. Fortuna scored three goals in each half.

This week the Cubs will come closer to knowing whether they have post-season potential as they play three small schools, all on the road. They will travel to Calistoga Monday for  4 pm kick-off, to Ferndale Wednesday for a 5:30 kick-off, and to St. Bernard’s on Friday, also for a 5:30 kick-off. Earlier in the season they fell to Ferndale 4-0, and tied St. Bernard’s 2-2.

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