COLLEGE SOCCER— It’s been a big few weeks for some former H-DNL players

Submitted photo – Antonio Garcinuno and his Fortuna High teammates after he signed his letter of intent to play at Stanislaus State earlier this year. Garcinuno and the Warriors will play at Cal Poly Humboldt on Thursday.

By Ray Hamill — One former H-DNL soccer standout returns to the North Coast this week, while several are having an impact for their respective collegiate teams this fall.

Former Fortuna Husky Antonio Garcinuno will be back in Humboldt County on Thursday, when the Stanislaus State men play at Cal Poly Humboldt, with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m.

The 2022 Fortuna graduate is enjoying a good freshman season with the Warriors, who are 4-3-4, and has appeared in seven of their 11 games, including making two starts.

The freshman forward has yet to score but he is having an immediate impact at the D-II level and has seen significant minutes in five of his past six appearances.

At the Division-I level, meanwhile, two former Eureka Loggers recently had breakthrough moments.

Up at Portland State, 2019 graduate Olivia Stone scored the winning goal for the Vikings in a 1-0 win at Northern Colorado two weeks ago, one of only two goals the team has managed in the past five games.

Stone has appeared in six games for the Vikings, and has seen plenty of game time in recent weeks, including getting her first start of the season against Sacramento State last weekend.

The goal was the first of the senior’s college career and came late in the game to break a 0-0 tie.

Her former Eureka teammate Keylei Carroll is playing for the UC Davis women and made her conference debut at the D-I level after coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 win at UC San Diego on Sunday.

Carroll is still just a red-shirt freshman with the team after missing much of last season through injury.

The Aggies are 4-4-4 overall and 1-1-2 in the Big West Conference.

Submitted photo – Keylei Carroll takes the field for UC Davis on Sunday.

Former St. Bernard’s Crusader Madeline Costa, meanwhile, is having an immediate impact at the NAIA level after joining Menlo College this year from Lake Tahoe Community College.

Menlo College Athletics – Madeline Costa

The goalkeeper made her debut in the second half of a 2-1 loss to Oregon Tech in early September and has had  three straight starts for the 4-2-1 Oaks since then.

On September 19, she was honored as the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Defender of the Week.

She has made 19 saves in her three starts, while giving up just three goals and helping her team to a 2-1 mark in that time.

Over at Chico State, 2021 Eureka High graduate Klayre Barres continues to impress for the Division-II Wildcats.

Barres, a sophomore defender, has started all 28 games since she joined the team last year, including making 10 straight starts this season and playing all 90 minutes in all but two.

The Wildcats are 5-2-3 on the season and in a three-way tie for fourth in conference with a record of 2-1-1.

Photo by Aaron Draper/Chico State Athletics – Klayre Barres in action for Chico State earlier this season.

They play at Cal State East Bay on Thursday and will travel to Arcata to play Cal Poly Humboldt in the regular-season finale on Oct. 27.

Her brother Conor Barres also plays collegiately at Pacific University in Oregon.

Conor, a senior defender, has played in six games for the 0-8-2 Boxers, starting in two.

Three other former Loggers are also playing at the collegiate level, including Grace Plessinger, Brynn Hales and Aquene Tollefson.

Plessing is a sophomore defender for City College of San Francisco and has started five games this year for the 7-2-1 Rams.

Hales, a sophomore midfielder, has made three appearances for the 4-4-2 Southern Oregon Raiders and Tollefson has made seven starts and appeared in all eight games for the Thomas University Night Hawks.

Tollefson, a 2021 Eureka graduate, transferred to the NAIA Georgia school this year from Dominican University in San Rafael and she has one goal and one assist on the season.

1 reply »

  1. Wow!!! Did I count correctly? Nine local players still competing at the collegiate level … impressive for our remote area.

Leave a Reply