The Eureka and McKinleyville boys faced off in an entertaining Big 5 showdown at Albee Stadium on Saturday, which ended in a 3-3 tie.
In other boys games on Saturday, Fortuna defeated Del Norte 3-1 in Crescent City, while Arcata defeated St. Bernard’s 7-1 in Arcata.
The game in Eureka was the third in four days for the Loggers, who saw two leads slip away, but battled back to secure the tie in the final 15 minutes.
The game remarkably featured four penalty kicks, as well as a re-take.
Luis Romero gave the home team the lead from the spot early on, before Logan Maher equalized for the visitors, also from the spot.
Jigadee Her then gave the Loggers a 2-1 lead with a goal from play, before the Panthers battled back once again to tie things up again on a Rocco Previde strike, this one also from open play.
Maher scored a second PK to give McKinleyville a 3-2 lead, before David Parra equalized late in the game, once again with a penalty kick.
“I’m proud of the team for their effort,” Eureka head coach Eddie Garcia said. “This being our third game in four days.”
Previde continued to impress for Mack, as he has been doing all season, as did Maher in attack.
“Overall we are starting to find ourselves and control the possession the past two games instead of playing on the defense and countering,” McKinleyville head coach Ryne Deppe said. “Great lessons learned and we are trending in the right direction.”
With the result, both teams are now 0-2-3 in the Big 5.
Fortuna 3, Del Norte 1
The Huskies improved to 5-0 in the Big 5 with a 3-1 win at Del Norte in their only trip to Crescent City this season.
With the Huskies missing a few players for the occasion, the home team matched up against them well in the opening half, but like the seven-time defending league champions they are, the visitors settled into the game and began to take control.
Antonio Garcinuno, Lane Shelton and RJ Rexford all scored for Fortuna, which is now 9-0 overall.
“We were pretty good in places,” Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes said. “We’re working on a few things. We were missing a few players, but part of that is filling in the puzzle pieces.”
The in-form Alonzo Garcia continued to impress between the posts for the visitors, keeping a clean sheet until late in the game.
Yahir Alanis scored for the Warriors, who are now 0-3-2 in the Big 5.
“We were the dominant side for most of the first half, but lack of composure in front of goal to put the ball in the net and excellent goalkeeping by their goalkeeper kept us from scoring,” Del Norte head coach David Sanyaolu said. “We played our best game so far against the champions and that bodes well for the rest of the season if we can keep it up.”
Arcata 7, St. Bernard’s 1
Miles Kraemer had a hat trick as the Tigers continued to roll, stretching their winning streak to four straight.
Kayin Kloberdanz added two goals, while Isaac Johnson finished with a goal and an assist.
Daniel Davidson rounded out the scoring for the Tigers, who are now 5-2-1 on the season.
Aiden Shelton and Daniel Hernandez each also had an assist in the win.
Samuel Matysek scored for the Crusaders and continues to impress, as does Ken Tran, who had a good game in defense and attack after switching at halftime.
“It was a hard fought game,” St. Bernard’s head coach Danny Roscoe said. “These guys are playing really hard.”