The Eureka Loggers kicked off the North Coast Section Division-1 girls soccer playoffs with a comfortable 10-0 win over Del Norte at Albee Stadium on Friday night.
With the win, the No. 1 seeds move on to Wednesday’s semifinals, where they host either McKinleyville or Middletown.
Grace Nelson finished with a hat trick in the win, while teammate Lorena Hernandes added two goals and an assist.
Lila Ekholdt added a goal and an assist, while Angelina Conant had a goal and defender Paige Rodgers scored her first goal of the season.
Ella Tollefson also had three assists, Saedra Joseph and Sidney Madsen each had two, and Fiona Smart had one.
“I feel that the last couple of games there was just a lot going on and I thought we were a little complacent, and I thought tonight we got back to what we do well,” Learmouth said. “Pressing high and playing aggressive soccer. We kept the intensity going and that was nice to see.”
“It was a good learning experience and we are happy to have had the opportunity to make it this far,” Del Norte head coach Cyndi Hansen said. “(The Loggers) have the experience we strive for. They are a very good team and wish them the luck for the championship.”