By Ray Hamill — Blake Vogt scored the only goal in Wednesday’s matchup between two big rivals, as McKinleyville edged Arcata 1-0.
The Panthers dominated possession for much of the game, with Vogt’s second-half scoring header proving to be just enough.
“It was about time,” McKinleyville head coach Ryne Deppe joked. “We had multiple balls go off the crossbar. So many close calls.”
Once again, Narayan Weibel led the way in the center of the field for the Panthers, who improved to 3-2.
“We’re making strides,” Deppe said of his team. “We’re playing some of our best possession soccer, our touch was good today, and we’re figuring out how to make runs.”
The loss drops the Tigers to 2-2.
“We are struggling a bit at the moment in our wing play and possession game,” Arcata head coach John Davidson said.
The two teams play again at McKinleyville on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Fortuna 3, Del Norte 0
For the second straight game, the Huskies overcame a sluggish first half before coming alive in the second half.
Sergio Marquez scored twice and Antonio Garcinuno netted once as Fortuna secured a 3-0 win and improved to 5-0 on the season.
“We didn’t turn our brains on until the second half,” Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes said, adding that the Del Norte center back pairing of Jose Regalado and Edwin Zepeda played a composed game for the Warriors (1-3).
Offensively, freshman Adrian Reynosa had a big game for the Huskies up front and in center midfield.
“He played smart and he distributed the ball really well,” Holmes said. “For a freshman, that was a good game.”
For Del Norte, right back Evan Drown and center midfielder Adrian Chavez each played well.
“My boys put up a good defensive display,” said Del Norte head coach David Sanyaolu, whose team had chances to score, even hitting the post. “We played against a very good side with good offensive organization and technical skills.
“I am proud of my boys effort.”
Next up on Saturday, Fortuna plays at Eureka and Del Norte hosts South Fork.
Eureka 6, South Fork 1
The Loggers got back to winning ways with a five-goal win at South Fork.
The impressive Tomas Paoli scored twice in the win, as did Luis Romero, while Jesse Bravo and Ian Bennett each scored once.
Jiagdae Her also had a big game for Eureka, which improved to 2-3, as did goalkeeper Patrick Collins.