Audrey Shelton turned in a player of the game performance on Wednesday, to lead the Arcata girls to a big 7-0 win over visiting Del Norte in Humboldt-Del Norte League soccer action.
In other games on Wednesday, McKinleyville defeated St. Bernard’s 3-1, while the Eureka girls solidified their place atop the league standings with a 4-2 win over second-placed Fortuna.
In boy’s action, Del Norte kept the pressure on league leaders Fortuna with a 2-0 win at Arcata, while McKinleyville got the better of St. Bernard’s 7-0.
Fortuna improved to 6-0 in league play with a 1-0 win at Eureka. The Huskies are now 11-1-1 overall.
Arcata 7, Del Norte 0
Shelton, a senior forward, scored one of Arcata’s seven goals and turned in a dynamic performance to lead the Tigers to the shutout victory.
“She hustled all over the field, and created some opportunities,” Arcata head coach Patrick Stranahan said of Shelton. “She really had a good game.”
So too did senior midfielder Karina Zumbrun, who has led the way for the Tigers this season, scoring a hat trick against the Warriors, her third hat trick of the season.
Zumbrun now has 16 goals in 11 games, as well as five assists, including one against Del Norte.
Zakiya Elloway-Wonenberg added two goals in the win, while Nina Crossen scored one and provided two assists.
“It was a strong showing,” Stranahan said. “They maintained the system and they did a good job moving the ball around.”
With the win, the Tigers improved to 4-2-1 in league play and 6-4-1 overall.
McKinleyville 3, St. Bernard’s 1
Sophomore Mackenzie Bray had a big game, scoring twice and adding an assist to lead the Panthers past St. Bernard’s at McKinleyville High.
Dakota Andersonspirit also scored for the Panthers, who improved to 3-2-1 in league play and 6-3-1 overall.
Andersonspirit and Grace Rosebrook each had an assist in the win.
The Panthers travel to Arcata on Saturday.
St. Bernard’s, meanwhile, dropped to 3-3-1 in league play and 8-5-1 overall.
The Crusaders travel to South Fork on Friday.
McKinleyville 7, St. Bernard’s 0
The Panthers got the better of St. Bernard’s for the second time in three days on Wednesday, running out to a 7-0 win at Mack High.
On Monday, the Panthers defeated the Crusaders 11-1 in Eureka, in a game rescheduled from earlier in the season.
Richie Carpenter scored three times in Wednesday’s win, while teammate Kristian Gajic scored two.
Center midfielder Narayan Weibel also had a memorable day, netting his first career varsity goal, while freshman Rocco Previde capped a memorable week with his second goal against SB in three days.
“I thought we possessed the ball well,” McKinleyville head coach Ryne Deppe said.
With the win, the Panthers improve to 3-2-1 in league and 4-4-1 overall.
Del Norte 2, Arcata 0
The Del Norte Warriors kept the pressure on league leaders Fortuna with a 2-0 win at Arcata.
The victory keeps Del Norte unbeaten in league play at 5-0-2, with two meetings against the Huskies coming up in October that will likely decide this year’s league championship.
“It was a pretty frustrating game,” Arcata head coach Ty Watkins said. “We played well against Eureka (on Saturday) and then the next game not so well. It’s frustrating.”
Watkins gave credit to Del Norte.
“They played well today,” he said.
On Saturday, the Tigers defeated Eureka 3-1, with Arthur Frye, Zack Oakland and Adrian York each netting in the win.