Marayah Tomlinson’s blistering 30-yard free kick found the back of the net to give St. Bernard’s a 1-0 non-league win at Del Norte in girls soccer on Thursday.
Tomlinson broke the deadlock in the 18th minute as the Crusaders upped their record to 3-1 on the early season.
The home team had a golden chance to tie things up later in the opening half, but a penalty kick sailed narrowly over the bar.
SB goalkeeper Rachel Rodriguez stepped up with some big stops in the second half, as the Warriors put the visitors under a lot of pressure.
SB was playing without starting sweeper Ema Brenes, who had to sit out the contest after receiving a red card in a previous game.
The Crusaders held on, however, with Rodrigues posting six saves in the second half alone.
Senior Shelby Jordan also had a big day for the Crusaders, anchoring the defense at sweeper, and making several key clearances.
Ray Hamill writes at humboldtsports.com, where you can read lots more about sports in Humboldt County.