Huskies topple tired Eureka team, move on in H-DNL

No. 1 seed Fortuna advanced to the Humboldt-Del Norte League tournament championship with a 5-0 win at home to Eureka on Wednesday.

The Huskies kept their unbeaten run against North Coast opposition going with the comfortable victory over a Eureka side that had played an overtime game the previous night.

“It’s a tough task to play like that,” Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes said of the Loggers, who defeated McKinleyville on penalty kicks in the opening round of the tournament on Tuesday, while the Huskies had a bye.

The two Atilano brothers had a big say in the win, in particular Fernando.

The sophomore standout scored twice, and kept the visiting defense on its toes throughout.

“He had a great game,” Holmes said of Fernando. “He seemed to be a threat every time he had the ball.”

Luis Atilano also scored in the win.

The Huskies, who will be without a few players for Saturday’s championship game due to personal commitments, switched some things up personnel wise in Wednesday’s win, and it appeared to pay off.

“We made some changes here and there, and they bought into the changes,” Holmes said of his players. “We moved some people around to fill some holes.”

Eureka senior goalkeeper Skylar Carroll had another strong performance for the visitors.

“I thought Skylar, their goalkeeper, had a few saves that were great,” Holmes said. 

Aaron Mignon also scored for the Huskies, who improved to 19-1-2 on the season.

Saturday’s championship game will be played in Fortuna against either Del Norte or Arcata, who play in the second semifinal on Thursday.

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