The Fortuna Huskies have dominated the H-DNL for the past eight years, but that incredible run came close to ending on Saturday.
Playing on the road against a young Arcata team growing in confidence with every outing, the Huskies had to battle back from a two-goal deficit to sneak a 3-2 win.
“They put a scare into us for sure. Well played by Arcata,” said Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes, whose team was coming off homecoming week at the school. “We were sluggish in the beginning but we regrouped.”
Ever-dangerous forward Antonio Garcinuno continued his remarkable early-season form with two goals, while Lane Shelton added the third.
The old adage in soccer that a two-goal lead is a dangerous one proved to be true for the Tigers.
“They got the momentum and we don’t have enough experience to know how to handle that moment, and we didn’t get the momentum back,” Arcata head coach John Davidson said.
Ethan Geynis, who is also enjoying an outstanding start to the new season, scored the Tigers’ opener, with Tex Larsen scoring the second off a Daniel Hernandez cross.
Despite the loss, it was an impressive showing by the Arcata boys.
“I felt our team did a good job improving from last week,” Davidson said.
For the Huskies, Edgar Herrera had another strong showing in center mid, as the team looks to continue its success despite graduating numerous seniors from the spring.
“It shows we lost nine seniors from last year,” Holmes said. “But overall, we showed a lot of heart today to come back.”
Eureka 1, Del Norte 1
The Eureka Loggers tied for the third time in eight days on Saturday, as neither team was able to break a 1-1 halftime deadlock.
Luis Romero gave Eureka the lead 10 minutes in on a long-range shot from outside the penalty area, but the Del Norte boys battled back to tie things up on a Yahir Alanis penalty kick before halftime.
“We pressured them in the second half, but their defense did a great job,” Eureka head coach Eddie Garcia said.
Both defenses played well after the early goals, with the consistent Jin Vue and Edwin Zepeda very solid at the back as always for Del Norte, and Ty Bauer continuing his outstanding start to the new season and dominating again at center back for the Loggers.
Ean Savage also had a good game at left back for Eureka.
“The teams were evenly matched and 1-1 was a fair result,” Del Norte head coach David Sanyaolu said, adding that “We need to be bolder and smarter on the offensive end but overall I’m happy with the showing.”
The Del Norte coach also had words of praise for the Loggers.
“Kudos to Eureka,” he said. “They are a good team and will go places with continuous improvement.”