By Ray Hamill — If anyone had doubted their credentials coming into the weekend, the senior-heavy Loggers made a big statement on Saturday.
The Eureka girls ran out to a dominating 6-0 win at Fortuna, handing the defending girls H-DNL champs their first defeat of the season.
In other games this weekend, the Ferndale girls defeated South Fork 7-2 on Friday, while on Saturday the McKinleyville boys beat Del Norte 2-0 and the Fortuna boys remained perfect on the season with a 4-1 win over Eureka.
“We played really well,” Eureka girls head coach Tommy Learmouth said of his team, which is 3-0 and has now knocked off chief rivals Arcata and Fortuna in just four days. “I thought we built on the momentum from Wednesday. We knew we needed to come out quickly and we struck twice in the first 10 minutes.”
Freshman Lila Ekholdt continued her impressive start to her high school career, scoring twice to bring her tally to six in just three games.
Senior Aquene Tollefson also netted twice in the win, while Ginny Brooks and Ella Tollefson each scored one.“It was really a complete team performance,” said Learmouth, whose team improved to 3-0 on the season.
Seniors Klayre Barres, Keylei Carroll and Brynn Hales dominated possession in the middle of the field on the way to the win, with Barres assisting on two of the goals.
“She really started the game off strong for us, making those unselfish passes to set up the younger ladies,” Learmouth said of Barres.
Another freshman, Taylor Brooks, continued her impressive start to the season with a strong performance up front for the Huskies, who suffered their first loss an dropped to 3-1.
“We did a have a few bright spots with some ball movement,” Fortuna head coach Jennifer Femenella said. “We tried some new players in new positions, but it’s difficult against a good Eureka team. They played well.”
A second Fortuna freshman, Brylee Barsanti also impressed in defense.
Next up, on Wednesday the Loggers play at South Fork, while the Huskies travel to St. Bernard’s next Saturday.
Fortuna 4, Eureka 1
The Huskies rallied from a one-goal halftime deficit with four unanswered goals in the second half.
Antonio Garcinuno scored twice, with additional goals from Sergio Marquez and RJ Rexford, as Fortuna remained unbeaten this season and improved to 4-0.
“We came out super sluggish,” Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes said. “That first half wasn’t our best soccer, but we made some adjustments at halftime and started picking it up.”
One of the adjustments was moving Garcinuo up front and it paid immediate dividends.
Edgar Herrera also had a big game in the middle of the field, alongside Junior Cruz, who moved back there to replace Garcinuno.
Ian Bennett scored again for Eureka, his third goal in four games, with an assist from Jesse Bravo.
“We played a great first half,” said Eureka head coach Eddie Garcia, whose team dropped to 1-3. “In the second half injuries hurt us and fatigue set in, and against a team with Fortuna’s quality that made a huge difference.”
Next up on Wednesday, Eureka plays at South Fork and Fortuna travels to Del Norte.
McKinleyville 2, Del Norte 0
Logan Maher scored both goals as the Panthers ended a two-game losing skid and improved to 2-2 on the season.
And it was the midfield senior trio of Narayan Weibel, Blake Vogt and Dustyn Huneke that paved the way to victory with a dominating display in the middle of the field.
“It was their best game yet,” Mack head coach Ryne Deppe said of the three players. “They played tremendous. They were definitely the difference makers today. They just played cohesive possession, no miscues.”
Senior Jose Regalado was once again a force for Del Norte (1-2) anchoring the Warriors defense.
“We played well sporadically but we are having some application problems presently and lapses in defense,” Del Norte head coach David Sanyaolu said.
Del Norte goalie Isidro Montanez also had a big game between the posts.
“He is improving each game,” Sanyaolu said.
Next up on Wednesday, McKinleyville plays Arcata and Del Norte hosts Fortuna.
Ferndale 7, South Fork 2
The Ferndale girls continued their impressive start to the new season with a big win at South Fork, their second over Little 4 opposition in two weeks.
Freshman Reaghan Langer was instrumental once again, scoring three goals, while junior Alyssa Watkins scored two.
Freshman Miriam Munoz-Guerrero and senior Hallie Short each scored once.
“I was super impressed with the girls,” head coach Beth Anderson said. “They’ve really come together as a group. They’re super supportive of each other and positive.”
Another junior, Gabriella Riley, also had a big game in center midfield, assisting on a pair of goals and working well alongside Short as the team’s two primary playmakers.
“Their excellent passing game and speed broke down our defense right from the start,” South Fork head coach Ann Constantino said of the Wildcats. “We couldn’t find a rhythm and Ferndale played very well.”
Macy Yarbrough and Caidence Young each scored for South Fork, which dropped to 1-3, while Ferndale improved to 2-1.
Next up on Wednesday, Ferndale travels to Arcata and South Fork hosts Eureka.