The Fortuna boys soccer team overcame a tough challenge at Arcata on Wednesday, scoring a pair of late goals for a 3-1 win.
The victory lifts the Huskies to 7-0 on the season, including a 3-0 start to league play.
Fortuna remained hot in front of goal, and have now outscored their opponents 26-3 in six matchups (one of their seven wins was by forfeit).
On Wednesday, freshman Antonio Garcinuno got the go-ahead goal early for Fortuna, before Arcata tied things up on an Arthur Frye penalty kick in the 75th minute.
The dynamic Atilano brothers, Luis and Fernando, however, came to the Huskies rescue late, with a goal each to keep their team unbeaten.
“It was a physical match, and I thought Arcata played hungry,” Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes said. “I like the fact we came back. We had a questionable red card and we went down to 10 men, and we came back to claim two game winners.”
For Arcata, Frye had a good game, as did the ever-reliable Zack Oakland in midfield.
“He’s always very consistent,” Arcata head coach Ty Watkins said of Oakland.
Jaden Moorehead also had a big game for the Tigers, switching to center mid for the first time.
“It worked out real well,” the head coach said of the move. “He’s a soccer player, so he’s able to adapt.”
The loss was the Tigers’ second to Fortuna this season, although this time was a lot closer than the first 5-1 encounter two weeks ago.
“I feel encouraged,” Watkins said. “If you compare this game to the first game we played against them, there was a huge improvement. We were more cohesive, and we played more confidently.”
Goalie Marcus Bensen also had a big game for the Tigers.
“We just have to learn to finish up games,” Watkins said.
Arcata travels to play McKinleyville on Saturday, while Fortuna will travel to the Bay Area to play Gateway and Head-Royce on Friday and Saturday.