The Fortuna and Arcata girls both kicked off the new H-DNL girls soccer season on a winning note on Wednesday night.
The Huskies won 4-0 at home to Del Norte, while the Tigers won 7-0 at South Fork.
Also in action on Wednesday, the Eureka and McKinleyville girls tied 1-1 in foggy conditions at Mack.
“It was a good starter game,” Fortuna head coach Bekah Brooks said of the Huskies’ performance. “The girls had possession for most of the game. They communicated good. They talked to each other throughout the game.”
Malia Bolden, who has been stepping up as a leader on a young Fortuna team, had a good day defensively at sweeper, as did defensive midfielder Allie Cox.
Chloe Cox scored the opening goal on a Taylor Brooks assist, before Jocelyn Ortega-Miranda made it 2-0 before halftime.
The Huskies continued to control the game after the interval, with Sophia Villalvazo and Taylor Brooks both finding the back of the net to close out the scoring.
“The girls moved the ball really well as a team,” the Fortuna head coach said.
For Del Norte, freshman goalkeeper Deja Payne had a strong game between the posts in the opening half, while Jasmin Palmerin anchored a solid performance by the team’s defense.
“The girls gave it their all and fought to the end,” Del Norte coach Cyndi Hansen said. “Our freshman Deja did an excellent job for her first game, and Jasmin held the back line.
“We are still learning and building with our positioning. We will regroup and be ready for Saturday against Eureka.”
Arcata 7, South Fork 0
The Arcata girls lived up to the billing as one of the league favorites on Wednesday, comfortably getting the better of South Fork in Miranda.
Seri Welsh finished with a hat trick in the win, while teammate Kyla Berman picked up just where she left off last season and added two goals.
Zoe Macknicki and Gracie Townsend each also scored, while Alia Prentiss had the only assist of the game.
Arcata head coach Patrick Stranahan praised his players for their “excellent passing game,” while central defender Quinlyn Copple had a big night in the heart of defense, as did goalkeeper Kyndle Eisner, who posted the clean sheet.
Arcata hosts Fortuna on Saturday.