Impressive Loggers knock off one of the top NCS teams on the road

File photo – The Loggers in action earlier in the season at McKinleyville.

The Eureka Loggers knocked off one of the top teams in the North Coast Section in boys soccer on Friday, rallying from an early deficit to win 2-1 at Cloverdale.

Taking a break from their league schedule, the Loggers answered the call against the previously unbeaten Eagles, holding on late to hand them their first loss of the season.

Trailing 1-0 early in the game, the Loggers opened their account on a goal from Diego Rivas to leave the two teams tied at halftime.

Luis Romero then netted the decisive goal midway though the second half, and that would prove to be enough with the Eureka defense holding firm late in the game despite some pressure from the home side.

“They were definitely one of the most talented and classy teams we’ve had the chance to play,” Eureka head coach Eddie Garcia said. “We had to grind for the win, and we were pushed back at the end, but we held on.”

The Eagles are ranked No. 3 in the NCS, behind No. 1 Making Waves Academy and No. 2 Fortuna.

With the win, the Loggers improved to 2-3-3 on the season, while Cloverdale dropped to 8-1-1.

“I’m really proud of the team and the effort on display today,” Garcia said.

The Loggers return to league action on Saturday, when they host McKinleyville at Albee Stadium at 1 p.m.


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