Arcata and Fortuna got the 20th annual McKinleyville Invitational Soccer Tournament off to a winning start in boys soccer on Friday afternoon.
In group one action, Fortuna scored twice in each half on the way to a 4-0 win over Eureka. Later on Friday, the Huskies defeated Cloverdale 4-2.
In group two, Arcata defeated the host school 3-0 to move directly into the championship game on Saturday at 3 p.m., where the Tigers will play the Huskies.
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St. Bernard’s was unable to compete at the tournament because of paperwork issues with some of their players.
The Huskies made it back-to-back four-goal wins to open the season, with Fernando Atilano netting three times.
It was the second hat trick in the Atilano family this week, with older brother Luis scoring three against Willits on Tuesday.
“It was a good start,” Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes said. “Some of the younger guys got to see the pitch. But there’s always things we can work on.”
Two clean sheets, however, is a nice way to begin the campaign.
Sophomore Junior Cruz added the fourth Fortuna goal.
Later on Friday, the Huskies battled back from a 2-1 halftime deficit to defeat Cloverdale 4-2.
Fortuna has now scored four goals in each of its first three games, improving to 3-0.
Tigers shut out the Panthers
The Tigers, meanwhile, shut out their close rivals to open tourney play, advancing to Saturday’s championship.
Jake Knoeller, Zach Oakland and Arthur Frye each netted in the win.
“Definitely happy. For our first game it was great,” Arcata head coach Tye Watkins said. “They overcame a tough first half.”
For McKinleyville, the opening game was one that got away.
“I thought we played really well. For half the game we were the dominant team,” Mack head coach Ryne Deppe said. “We just had our bad moments.”
The tournament continues Friday night when Fortuna takes on Cloverdale, and concludes Saturday with four more games, beginning at 9 a.m.