Arcata ended McKinleyville’s three-game winning streak in dominating fashion on Saturday, running out to a 6-2 victory at Arcata High.
The win lifts the Tigers to 3-1-1 in league play and keeps the pressure on leaders Fortuna.
The Huskies also won on Saturday, defeating South Fork 11-0, while Del Norte posted a second straight win, beating Eureka 1-0.
Jullian Gillespie also had two goals, with Cruz Aguilar Miner and Kieryn Wolfe each scoring one.
Aguilar Miner, Edwin Arguelles-Diaz and Daniel Hernandez each also had an assist.
Wolfe had a big game in defense and helped set the tempo for his team.
Gaelen Creighton and Andy Garcia both scored for the Panthers, who dropped to 3-3 in league play.
The goal was the first for Creighton, who is a freshman and is quickly establishing himself as a key member of the team.
“Even in a large defeat he has been improving by the game and has consistently been one of our best one-versus-one defenders,” McKinleyville head coach Ryne Deppe said.
Garcia also had a big performance in defense and “had his best game in a MHS jersey,” according to his coach.
“The game was a high intensity one from start to finish from both teams,” Del Norte head coach David Sanyaolu said. “I thought my boys played very well and were in control for most of the game, but credit to Eureka for playing a great game as well.”
The loss was the second straight for the Loggers, who dropped to 2-2-1 in league play.