Both Arcata and Eureka ran out to big wins in girls soccer on Saturday, as little changed at the top of the Humboldt-Del Norte League standings.
The table-topping Loggers scored nine times in the first half on the way to a commanding 10-0 win at Del Norte, while Arcata comfortably took care of close rivals McKinleyville at home, winning 7-1.
“It was a great team effort,” Arcata head coach Patrick Stranahan said.
In other games, the St. Bernard’s girls returned to winning ways with a 9-2 victory at South Fork on Friday.
In boys action on Saturday, Arcata rebounded from a tough loss earlier in the week to beat McKinleyville 2-1 on a controversial goal, while Del Norte kept the pressure on league leaders Fortuna with a 3-0 win over Eureka in Crescent City.
The Huskies, meanwhile, remained atop the standings with a 13-1 win over Ferndale to go to 8-0.
Arcata 7, McKinleyville 1
Karina Zumbrun scored her second hat trick of the week and her fourth of the season to lead the Tigers past the Panthers.
Zumbrun, who has been the Tigers’ most consistent player all season, was again instrumental in the winning performance.
The senior midfielder added an assist for good measure.
Fellow senior captain Nina Crossen also had a big game, scoring one goal and assisting on another, while Emily Ramirez, Sophia Salinas and Michaela Macdonald each added a goal.
“They were moving the ball well,” Stranahan said of his players. “Every game we’re getting better and better, and today their moving the ball was excellent.”
The Tigers, who are now 5-2-1 in league and 7-4-1 overall, will play next at Fortuna on Wednesday.
McKinleyville, which dropped to 3-3-1 in the H-DNL and 6-4-1 overall, will play at Ferndale on Monday.
Eureka 10, Del Norte 0
Senior co-captain Athena Miller capped a big week for the Loggers with a four-goal performance on Saturday.
Miller, who also had a spectacular goal against Fortuna earlier in the week, now has nine goals for the undefeated Loggers.
With the win, Eureka improved to 8-0 in league (8-0 on the season), and maintained a two-and-a-half gap lead in the league standings just past the halfway mark.
Sophomore Aquena Tolfeson continued her impressive season with a pair of goals and four assists, and was involved in more than half the team’s goals.
Olivia Stone also got on the scoresheet with two goals and an assist, while Klayre Barres had a goal and two assists, and Grace Plessinger scored one.
In goal, Sadie Wilkinson kept the team’s seventh clean sheet in eight games.
The Loggers travel to play St. Bernard’s on Wednesday.
St. Bernard’s 9, South Fork 2
The Crusaders knocked off South Fork for the second time this season on Friday, with Ally Del Grande and Emma Wilson each netting a hat trick.
Jasa Sisemore also scored twice, while Rachel Rodrigues scored one.
With the win, the Crusaders improved to 4-3-1 in league play and 9-5-1 overall.
The performance was a disappointing one for the Cubs, especially coming on the heels of their first result of the season against Ferndale on Wednesday.
Senior Kylie Messenger scored both goals in Friday’s loss, one off an assist from Marian De Rio.
Messenger also scored twice in the 3-3 tie with Ferndale, one from a penalty kick, while Hailie Haselip added the third late in the game to secure the tie.
The Cubs play at McKinleyville on Wednesday.
Arcata 2, McKinleyville 1
A controversial goal decided Saturday’s game between these two rivals in wet conditions at Arcata.
With the game tied 1-1, Jack Taylor scored what would turn out to be the winner in the 70th minute, but according to McKinleyville head coach Ryne Deppe, he was clearly in an offside position.
“I’ve never been a part of a team so wronged,” the Mack coach said. “I already saw it on film. It was obvious.”
The coach said the referee apologized to his players afterwards.
Adrian York gave the home side the lead in the first half, before McKinleyville replied to tie the game at 1-1 on a second-half Jackson Sandell strike.
“We played real well,” Arcata head coach Ty Watkins said. “It was nice to bounce back from the Del Norte game with a strong performance.”
Marcus Bensen continued to impress in goal for the Tigers, stepping up in the wet conditions with a strong performance between the posts.
Alex Freitas and Narayan Weibel each also had big games in midfield for the Panthers.
“They both had tremendous games,” he said. “They dominated the midfield.”
At the back, Alex Macy and Jair Gonzalez anchored a strong defensive performance for the Panthers.
Arcata, which improved to 2-2-2 in league play and 3-2-2 overall, will play at Fortuna on Wednesday.
McKinleyville, which dropped to 3-3-1 and 4-5-1, plays at Ferndale on Monday.
Del Norte 3, Eureka 0
The Warriors remained undefeated in league play with a fourth straight win, knocking off Eureka in Crescent City.
With the win, the Warriors improved to 6-0-2 in the H-DNL.