The Eureka Loggers took over sole possession of top spot in the Big 4 in girls soccer after a 2-0 win over the Fortuna Huskies at Albee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The game was tied 0-0 at halftime, but Eureka senior Ella Tollefson scored twice in the second half to help secure the win.
Tollefson broke the deadlock shortly after halftime on a shot form 30 yards out, with teammate Kaylee Hill getting an assist.
The win keeps the Eureka girls undefeated on the season and lifts them to 2-0 in league play and 6-0 overall.
The loss was the first for the Huskies, who dropped to 1-1 in league and 10-1 overall.
The Loggers, however, had to overcome a shaky first half that included a missed penalty kick late in the period.
“I thought we played sacred in the first half, just scared to make a mistake,” Eureka head coach Tommy Learmouth said. “But as the game went on we got more confident.”
The midfield trio of Tollefson, Lila Ekholdt and Angelina Conant helped settle the Loggers down and continue to play a pivotal role for the team.
“Angelina Conant was absolutely phenomenal and arguably the best player on the pitch,” Learmouth said. “She was fighting for every ball and winning 50/50 balls.”
Grace Nelson also continued to play well up front for Eureka, while the back line of Maia Hales, Paige Rodgers, Marin Matteoli and Olivianna Millender continued to shine and the Loggers have yet to allow a goal in their six games this season.
As expected between the top two teams in the H-DNL, it was a battle and both teams played hard.
“It was a physical game,” Learmouth said. “There was a lot of energy and emotion and I thought we managed it well.”
“Credit to Fortuna, they played extremely hard,” he said. “You can tell they continue to grow.”
Next up, on Tuesday, the Loggers play at Arcata and the Huskies play at McKinleyville.
The two teams will face off twice more in league play this fall.