By Ray Hamill — The defending H-DNL champions are showing no signs of slowing down.
On Saturday, both the Fortuna boys and girls continued their fast start to the new season with their second victories of the week.
In other H-DNL games, the Eureka boys bounced back from an opening-day defeat to win 2-0 at McKinleyville, while the Arcata boys traveled to Crescent City and came away with an impressive win.
For more on the Eureka and McKinleyville game, see Eureka boys bounce back at McKinleyville …
Fortuna 9, South Fork 0
Sergio Marquez and Antonio Garcinuno each scored a hat trick as the Huskies ran out to a comfortable win.
And the Fortuna boys (2-0) are beginning to find their rhythm.
“I thought we found a little bit of movement and linking with the ball, and we had a little more possession,” head coach Daniel Holmes said. “We worked on a few things.”
The Fortuna coach also had some words of praise for the Cubs.
“South Fork looked good,” he said. “They had some possession in the middle, and they played with a lot of heart. They always play with a lot of heart.
“It’s just nice to see both teams out there again.”
Next up on Wednesday, Fortuna hosts McKinleyville.
Arcata 2, Del Norte 0
The Tigers quickly put the disappointment of an opening loss to Fortuna behind them with a shutout road win against a quality Del Norte team.
The Arcata boys scored early in the first half and added a second late in the second half to secure the win.
Miles Kraemer was involved in both goals, scoring the first and assisting on the second, which was was scored by Ethan Gyenis.
“My boys played well, we just couldn’t convert our chances, and in soccer if you don’t take your chances you won’t win,” Del Norte head coach David Sanyaolu said. “But give credit to Arcata for taking their chances.”
Arcata sophomore goalkeeper Sean Shermer continued to impress between the posts, making some big saves to maintain the Tigers’ advantage.
For Del Norte, senior captain Jose Regalado also continued his impressive start to the new season, while Rudolfo Ramirez played solid in defense in his season debut.
Next up, Arcata hosts Eureka at Mack High on Wednesday and Del Norte plays at McKinleyville next Saturday.
Fortuna 4, South Fork 0
The Fortuna freshmen are beginning to make their mark, none more so than Taylor Brooks, who scored and had an assist in Saturday’s win.
Fellow freshman Allison Cox, one of 10 ninth-graders on this year’s team, also scored, as did junior Sophia Villalvazo.
Senior Nyah Cacren closed out the scoring on a free kick.
“I’m very pleased,” Fortuna head coach Jennifer Femenella said. “We had good possession and it seemed like they had some good movement on the field.”
The Huskies’ defense has begun the new new season well, allowing just one goal in two games, with sophomore left back Kaydence Ferguson impressing in Saturday’s win.
For South Fork, junior goalkeeper Lyndsee Brewer had a big second half to keep a very dangerous and experienced Fortuna attack contained.
Freshman sweeper Kalina Paine also continued to impress at sweeper, while fellow newcomers Lily Carr in defense and Cadence Young up front are “improving every time they touch the ball,” according to head coach Ann Constantino.
“This group plays like a team really well and will be fun to watch improve,” the long-time head coach said.
Versatile sophomore Macy Yarbrough also continues to impress, at whatever position she is needed.
“She’s comfortable anywhere on the field and brings energy to every spot she plays,” Constantino said.
Next up on Wednesday, the Cubs host St. Bernard’s and Fortuna hosts McKinleyville.