A young Fortuna boys soccer team is growing up fast.
The Huskies kicked off the North Coast Section Division-1 playoffs with a big 4-1 win over Eureka at Albee Stadium on Friday night, their first win over the Loggers in three matchups this season.
The Huskies overcame an early one-goal deficit with four unanswered goals, scoring a pair in each half.
“I thought that we composed ourselves pretty well after the early goal,” Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes said. “I thought we were able to find space behind their back line and that opened up some things for us.”
Jesus Chuch Dominguez had a big game at the back in the win, helping to anchor the defense.
“He was a vocal leader for us and he kept our back line solid,” the head coach said.
Fortuna sophomore Payson Johnston also had a big game in goal, while Aristeo Herrera Martinez, Leonel Vargas Olea and Adrian Magana each scored once.
Will Mooney scored Eureka’s only goal of the game.
“Fortuna wanted it more and beat us in every aspect of the game,” Loggers head coach Eddie Garcia said. “So congrats and good luck to them. We hope they do well and have a deep run.”
Mooney and Jiagdae Her each played for the Loggers and continued to battle to the end.
“They never gave up and showed true leadership,” Garcia said of the duo.
The No. 5 seeded Huskies will play either No. 1 Head-Royce or No. 8 Summit Tamalpias in next week’s semifinals.
Fortuna is real, don’t sleep on the Huskies…
4 unanswered goals is a collapse, no other way to explain in a single word.
Reads as if EHS defense suffered from lack of composure, compactness and coordination with goalkeeper… FHS splitting defenders with sharp passes, over the top on the wings/edges, opening up spaces for run ons, crosses, finishing strikes… not there at game, but 4 goals means major breaching of defensive 1/3.
Classy statement by EHS coach to well wish Fortuna the rest of the way.