The Eureka girls completed a perfect league campaign on the soccer fields on Saturday, while the Fortuna boys dropped their first points at home to Del Norte.
In girls action, Eureka closed out the Humboldt-Del Norte League at 14-0 with a 6-0 win at McKinleyville, while Arcata defeated South Fork 7-0 and Fortuna got the better of Del Norte 3-1.
On the boys side, Del Norte prevented the Huskies from closing out with a perfect record by earning a 2-2 tie in Fortuna, while Eureka defeated McKinleyville 1-0.
With the regular season now over, the top six teams in each league will turn their attention toward the H-DNL Tournament.
The top two seeds will each have a first-round bye and a home game in the tournament semifinals on Wednesday and Thursday.
In the girls opening round on Tuesday, Arcata will host Del Norte at 2:30 p.m., and McKinleyville will host St. Bernard’s at 6 p.m.
Eureka and Fortuna are the top seeds.
In boys tournament action, Fortuna and Del Norte earned the top two seeds, while the opening round sees McKinleyville travel to Eureka for a 6 p.m. kickoff, as well as Arcata hosting South Fork.
Eureka 6, McKinleyville
The Loggers closed out a dominating regular season with their 14th win in 14 games.
Senior co-captains Athena Miller and Olivia Stone each netted twice for Eureka, which outscored its opponents 93-2 in league play.
Alivia Andersen and Klayre Barres each also scored in the win, while Aquena Tolfeson had two assists and Liza Crassweller one.
Miller was involved in four of the Eureka goals, adding a pair of assists.
“It was definitely a good way to end the season,” Eureka head coach Andy Salatnay said. “It was a strong performance, consistent throughout the 80 minutes.”
For McKinleyville, a group of six seniors were honored before the game, including influential midfielders Grace Rosebrook and Jaycee Morais and the ever-consistent Cecelia Ferreira at sweeper.
“They will be sorely missed next season,” Mack head coach Adam Canepa said.
Ferreira missed the game with an injury, and fellow senior Sheriden Sinnen filled in at sweeper and had a strong performance against a dangerous Eureka attack.
Hadley Ward and Kirsten Ford also played their final regular season home games as seniors, and each had a big game, according to the coach.
The Panthers closed out league play at 7-6-1 and tied with St. Bernard’s in fourth.
South Fork 0, Arcata 7
The Tigers closed out league play in third place with a comfortable win over the Cubs on Saturday.
And it was the two senior co-captains who led the way in the victory, with Karina Zumbrun and Nina Crossen each scoring twice.
Zakiya Elloway-Woneberg also scored twice in the win in what has been an impressive season for the junior.
“She’s been steady, dependable all season long,” Arcata head coach Patrick Stranahan said of Elloway-Woneberg.
Overall, it was another solid performance from a Tigers team that appears to be peaking headed into the postseason.
“We played well,” the head coach said. “The girls were relaxed passing, and they moved the ball around well.”
The coach made some switches in the second half, moving senior outside backs Sarah Jensen and Bella Garrett up front, and each had an immediate impact at that end of the field, finishing with a goal and an assist, respectively.
A class of nine seniors were honored before kickoff, including Gwyn Stratton, Ava Killoran, Audrey Shelton, Sophia Belton and Maygan Graves.
“They’ve been the core of this team all season long,” Stranahan said of the seniors.
Fortuna 3, Del Norte 1
Fortuna closed out an impressive league campaign with an 11th win in 14 games on Saturday.
Sarah Killfoil and Nayah Cacren each scored for the Huskies, who also benefitted from a Del Norte own goal.
“I was pleased with their play overall,” Fortuna head coach Kevin O’Neil said.
In particular, the play of Killfoil and Cacren stood out.
“Sarah Killfoil had a great game. She controlled the ball quite a bit for us,” O’Neil said. “And Nyah also. They worked well off each other.”
After earning the second seed for the H-DNL tournament, the Huskies will have a first-round before hosting the winner of Arcata/Del Norte on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fortuna 2, Del Norte 2
After dominating North Coast opposition all season long, the Huskies were handed a little bit of a wake-up call on Saturday.
With the tie, Fortuna closes out the H-DNL at 13-0-1.
“We made two mistakes and they capitalized,” Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes said. “We definitely had opportunities but we couldn’t find the back of the net. But that’s the beautiful game sometimes.”
The Huskies will now turn their attention to the postseason, and will have a bye in the first round of the H-DNL tournament, hosting either Eureka or McKinleyville on Wednesday night.
Aaron Mignon scored one of the Fortuna goals, with Oliver Herrera scoring the second.
“We were missing something on the left wing and I subbed him in” Holmes said of Herrera, “and he hit a banger.”
The Huskies coach also paid tribute to the Warriors, who closed out an impressive campaign at 10-1-3 in league play.
“I said it the last time, they’ve definitely improved,” Holmes said. “They look good.”
The Huskies are now 17-1-2 overall.
Eureka 1, McKinleyville 0
The Loggers will head into the postseason with some momentum after defeating the Panthers for the second time in 10 days on Saturday.
The Eureka boys are now unbeaten in five straight games, including four wins.
David Parra got the lone goal at Mack, scoring on a penalty kick right before halftime to give the visitors a timely boost heading into the break.
“It was pretty evenly matched,” Eureka head coach Alex Skweir said.
The Loggers had the better exchanges of the first half, but the home team came out re-energized after the break.
“In the second half, McKinleyville played with a high intensity and a lot of pressure,” Skweir added. “Luckily, we were able to hold on to the clean sheet.”
Senior captain Skylar Carroll had another strong showing between the posts for the Loggers, who have given up only three goals in their past five games.
In the heart of midfield, Eureka’s Jesus Parra and Cristian Bravo-Sierra controlled the passage of play for much of the game.