By Ray Hamill — Arcata’s dramatic 2-1 win over Eureka on Saturday evening suddenly leaves the race for the H-DNL girls soccer championship a lot more open.
Had the Loggers beaten the Tigers, it would have been essentially a two-horse race between them and the Fortuna Huskies over the second half of the campaign, but the Tigers’ victory makes it a three-way battle between the traditional heavyweights of local soccer.
And it should be a fun ride.
After six games, Fortuna is 6-0 in league play and sitting alone atop the standings, with Eureka (5-1) one game back, and Arcata at 5-2, having played seven games.
Arcata’s two losses have come against their two closest opponents, and the Tigers and Loggers have already played each other twice so they won’t meet again in the regular season.
Eureka and Fortuna, on the other hand, still have to play twice over the second half, while Fortuna and Arcata will meet once more.
So who has the edge?
Is it a red-hot Fortuna team that is 10-0 overall and playing good soccer under long-time head coach Kathleen Lynch?
Or the Loggers, who are young but still possess a deeper squad than any other team in the area?
Or perhaps a rejuvenated Arcata team, which will carry more momentum than anyone into the final run of games after Saturday’s memorable win?
Let us know what you think, and we’ll print the results here on HumboldtSports.com later in the week.