VIDEO — Inches decide this year’s H-DNL title


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By Ray Hamill — Sometimes the smallest of margins can decide a championship.

Such was the case on Saturday afternoon, when the Fortuna girls escaped Albee Stadium with a hard-fought and well-deserved 0-0 tie that guaranteed them at least a share of the program’s first-ever league crown.

The Huskies can claim the title outright with a tie or better at home to McKinleyville on Wednesday afternoon.

The Eureka Loggers, to their credit, battled all the way to the end on Saturday, and enjoyed a lot of possession in the Fortuna half down the stretch, with wave after wave of attack.

They almost took the lead late in the game when Klayre Barres hit the upright, with only inches denying the Eureka girls a third straight H-DNL title.

It was one of the few occasions all day when a potent Loggers attack got the better of a composed and cohesive Fortuna back line, but every champion enjoys a little luck somewhere along the line and the Huskies won’t complain.

They deserve a ton of credit for what they have achieved this year and their historic league title was won with a season of unblemished performances, particularly from the team’s defense.

Wednesday’s game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Fortuna High.

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  1. At the end of the video it should have been a non call… the Fortuna player fell down in the mud, there was no infraction against the Eureka player.

  2. The assistant referee needs to be moving with the second to last Defender, not just standing there out of position…

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