Having now played all of their Big 5 opponents once each, the Huskies are 4-0 and atop the conference standings.
On Wednesday, however, it wasn’t their highly-touted offense that paved the way to victory, but rather their last line of defense.
Goalkeeper Alonzo Garcia had a big day between the posts, denying the Loggers until the final few minutes to help seal the victory.
“He made some great saves today,” head coach Daniel Holmes said.
Antonio Garcinuno and Lane Shelton each scored in the win, as the Huskies improved to 8-0 overall.
Will Mooney scored the only goal for Eureka late in the game, while Trenton Gerber, Vic Vang and Luis Romero all played well.
“In the last 10 minutes we stepped our game up,” Eureka head coach Eddie Garcia said. “We pressured them back but ran out of time to tie it up.”
With the loss, the Loggers dropped to 0-2-2 in the Big 5.
“Overall, I’m really proud of the boys,” the head coach added.
Arcata 3, McKinleyville 0
The Tigers got the better of their neighbors and rivals on Wednesday evening, improving to 3-1 in the Big 5 and remaining right on the heels of the conference-leading Huskies.
Freshman Izaiah Grosveld got on the scoresheet, along with juniors Kayin Kloberdanz and Isaac Johnson, with a pair of assists from Miles Kraemer and Mathias Severn.
“We could do better, but we’re getting there,” Arcata head coach John Davidson said. “We’re improving, morale is high and we have a little bit of momentum. We can still work on some things, but I’m really liking where we’re sitting right now.”
Everett Namen, one of three goalies the Tigers are platooning this season, also had a big game between the posts.
“He made some big saves in the second half,” the head coach said. “He impressed me today.”
With the loss, meanwhile, McKinleyville dropped to 0-2-2 in the Big 5.
The Panthers did a better job of holding possession in the second half, with the ever-reliable Rocco Previde performing well in midfield alongside Kieran Calvin Furbee.
At the back, Gino Dolson-Gonzalez also had a good game, while Rylee Collart, according to head coach Ryne Deppe, had “his best game yet in his young career” and was a “calming presence, making the right plays.”
South Fork 3, St. Bernard’s 0
The Cubs got a big boost from a trio of seniors against St. Bernard’s on Tuesday, with all three of them scoring in a 3-0 shutout.
Ryder York, Kobe Gellman and Leland Salomon all hit the back of the net in the victory and all played well throughout the game.
For St. Bernard’s, which is fielding a team for the first time in two years Garrett Sobol, Milan Cardona, Sam Zhong and Lorren Casucci all played well despite the loss and never gave up, according to head coach Danny Roscoe.
Fortuna 2, McKinleyville
The Fortuna and McKinleyville JVs tied 2-2 over the weekend.
Rodrigo Herrera scored twice for the Huskies, who led by a goal at halftime and stretched the advantage to two early in the second half, before the Panthers fought back.
Rylee Collart scored for McKinleyville on a penalty kick, before Pedro Ramirez tied things up on a breakaway goal.
“Both teams played well,” Fortuna head coach Shawn Barsanti said. “And it was great to get back on the field after a long break in between games.”
Robbie Shoemaker and Hector Diaz each had an assist for the Huskies, while teammate Payson Johnson had a big game in defense.