The race for the H-DNL championship in boys soccer remains in the balance, as both frontrunners won on Thursday night.
The league-leading Arcata Tigers defeated Fortuna 4-2, while Eureka got the better of St. Bernard’s 3-0 with some freshmen stepping up in the win.
With just three games remaining, Arcata (7-0-2) holds a slender lead over Eureka (6-0-3) at the top of the standings, with the latter’s tie against Fortuna earlier in league play the only difference.
Ethan Gyenis had a hat trick in the win and also assisted on the other goal.
Kayin Kloberdanz also scored and had an assist, while Josiah Gomez added an assist.
“Hats off to Arcata, they played well tonight,” Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes said.
Jesus Herrera and Cody Colins each scored for the Huskies, who dropped to 5-3-1.
Two young Loggers, meanwhile, had strong performances against St. Bernard’s as they continue to gain valuable experience.
Right back Maddox Distefano and center back Carter Hernandez, each of whom are freshmen, both had big games in defense and took full advantage of their opportunities.
Hernandez played well alongside Joe Morris.
Arcata now has remaining games at Del Norte and South Fork and at home to McKinleyville, while Eureka’s remaining games are at Fortuna, at home to South Fork and at Del Norte.