The two frontrunners in the Humboldt-Del Norte League each won in boys soccer on Saturday.
The Fortuna Huskies, who are unbeaten in league play and atop the standings, scored four times in the second half to defeat South Fork 5-1, while Del Norte rolled over St. Bernard’s 15-0 in Crescent City.
The Warriors’ win keeps them in second place and also unbeaten in league play with a 4-0-2 record.
The Huskies, who have played two games less, improved to 4-0.
The two clubs will play each other twice in October, in a pair of games that are looking more and more likely to decide the league championship.
Fortuna, which improved to 9-1-1 overall, has dominated local opposition all season, including a 4-0 win at McKinleyville on Wednesday.
South Fork, in fact, became just the second local squad to even score on the league leaders, who have outscored H-DNL teams 27-2 in six games.
Fortuna girls keep pressure on Eureka
In girls soccer on Saturday, league leaders Eureka played at Arcata and defeated the Tigers 3-0 with some big help from their two center backs.
The Loggers remained perfect on the season, and improved to 6-0 in league play with their sixth straight shutout.
The Fortuna Huskies, however, remained right behind them with their fourth straight win, defeating South Fork 7-1 at Fortuna.
With the win, the Fortuna girls improved to 4-1-1 in league play and 5-2-1 overall.
The Huskies can close the gap at the top of the standings when they travel to Eureka on Wednesday.
Against the Cubs, the Huskies scored three times in the opening half and led 3-1 at the interval, before putting the game away with four unanswered second-half goals.
The Huskies showcased their depth with six different players accounting for the seven goals, and two others assisting twice each.
Makayla McKnight scored twice, while Kelli Ford, Lorelei Lorang, Sarah Kilfoil, Darly Diaz and Nyah Cacren each netted once.
Kallia Yang and Mollie Hernandez each had two assists.