Two days after tying in a key league matchup against each other, the Arcata and Eureka boys soccer teams got back to winning ways on Thursday night.
Although for one of them it was another close battle.
The Eureka Loggers travelled to South Fork and opened up an early three-goal advantage on the way to a 4-1 victory.
Ethan Gyenis was ice cool from the spot and scored twice from the spot, once either side of a well-taken Mario Ledezma equalizer.
“Del Norte’s an experienced physical team and they caused us problems in defense,” Arcata head coach John Davidson said.
The loss was the first in league play for the Warriors, who knocked off both Fortuna and McKinleyville last week, while the Tigers remain undefeated on the season and are now 2-0-1 in league.
The first PK was awarded after Arcata’s Kaylin Kloderdanz was taken down in the box, but the second came on a hand ball that Del Norte head coach David Sanyaolu described as “a very controversial penalty decision.”
Despite that, the Warriors had their chances but missed on a couple of easy opportunities.
“It was a well balanced game with both sides having the upper hand at various times,” Sanyaolu said. “My boys played well defensively, but we were very profligate with our scoring chances, two of which were sitters.”
At Miranda, meanwhile, the Loggers ran out to a more comfortable victory.
Senior Ean Savage continued his impressive start to the season after switching from defense to the front line this year.
Savage netted twice in the win and also assisted on a third goal.
Kaleb Green and Itsuki kitayama each also scored for Eureka, while Noah Wagggar and Will Mooney both also had assists.
Omar Villarreal scored South Fork’s goal, while goalkeeper Trevor Hunt had a good night in goal against one of the H-DNL’s most dangerous front lines.
“Eureka played great,” South Fork head coach Torey Haus said. “They worked really well off their set plays.”
Eureka improved to 2-0-1 in league.