A senior-heavy Fortuna boys soccer team will kick off next week’s NCS playoffs as a heavy favorite after storming through the regular season with a record of 17-0.
It was the second straight perfect regular season for the team, and the second straight year they are graduating a large and hugely-influential senior class.
After graduating nine seniors in the wake of last season’s 9-0 campaign, the team will say goodbye to 10 more this year, all of whom were honored before Wednesday’s regular-season finale at home to Eureka.
Senior Antonio Garcinuo has played a major role for the team for the past four years and was exceptional once again in Wednesday’s 3-0 win.
Alonso Garcia, Logan Calvert, Adam Calvert, Adrian Olea, RJ Rexford, Lane Shelton, Edgar Herrera, Braiden Barsanti and Angel Diaz round out a talented senior contingent.
“They’re passionate like I am, and they want to work,” head coach Daniel Holmes said of his seniors. “They joke and have fun, but when we need to get serious, they get serious.”
Many of the players will take their talents to the college fields after graduation, following in the footsteps of many former teammates.
“I’ll miss them,” Holmes said. “Some of the have played all four years and a lot of them are talking about playing at the next level.”
The Huskies will find out their playoff seed and opponent on Sunday before kicking off the postseason tournament next week.
They are expected to receive a No. 1 seed.
“I’m hoping,” Holmes said. “We definitely want some home games, or at least one, so I’ll put that argument together.
“But wherever we get placed, we’ll be ready to go.”