The Eureka Loggers won their third straight game on Wednesday, beating McKinleyville 2-0 to move above .500 for the first time this season.
It was also the Loggers’ third win in three games against the Panthers this spring.
A fast-improving Eureka team is now 5-4 and has won four of its last five outings.
“It took us a little bit to get some chemistry, but it’s starting to come together,” Eureka head coach Eddie Garcia said.
The Eureka boys took the lead in the first half on a brilliant Jesus Parra strike from 30 yards out on a free kick.
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“It was a very even first half. We were lucky to be up,” Garcia said. “We started playing better in the second half.”
Ian Bennett scored the second goal off a corner kick in the second half.
Goalie Jiagdae Her posted the shutout between the posts with some solid play and some help from his defense.
Josh Manson, Ian Savage and Parra all played well along the back line.
“They had a great game,” Garcia said of his defensive unit. “I’m very proud of them.”
Del Norte 3, Arcata 2
Yahir Alanis scored twice to lead the Warriors to a big season-ending victory over the Tigers.
Adrian Chavez also scored as the Del Norte boys got their third win of the spring with one of their best performances.
“I’m delighted for the boys as everything we had worked on all came together, especially in the first half,” said head coach David Sanyaolu, whose team has a bye on the final weekend. “We were very much in control and could have had more but for (Arcata’s goalie Sean Shermer’) excellent saves.”
Shermer has been playing at an all-star level all season, earning rave reviews from opposing coaches.
Likewise with Del Norte defender Jose Regalado, who was outstanding once again in Wednesday’s win.
Afterwards, the Del Norte head coach praised several of his players for their outstanding play on the day, including Chase Gardner, Jin Vue, Edwin Zepeda, Evan Drown and Isidro Montanez.
Trailing 3-0 at halftime, the Tigers played better in the second half, getting goals from Kayin Kloberdanz and Ethan Gyenis.
“The second half was a good response,” head coach John Davidson said.
Del Norte closes out the season 3-4, while Arcata is now 3-5 and will play at Eureka on Saturday.