Round one of the heavyweight battle between the Eureka and Fortuna girls at Albee Stadium went the Loggers’ way on Saturday, but there’s a lot of soccer still to be played this fall.
Facing off in the first of three league games between the two schools, the Loggers won 2-0 thanks to a pair of goals by senior Ella Tollefson, but the game remained in the balance until a late penalty kick secured the win for the home team.
Despite the loss, which was their first of the season, the Huskies remain well in the chase for the league championship.
“I must commend our team’s exceptional execution of our game plan during the first half,” he said. “We left Eureka frustrated while possessing the ball, restricting their attacking options and possessing the ball, albeit struggling to find the net.”
One of the highlights of the game was a penalty kick save by Fortuna goalkeeper Lilly Calderon late in the first half to keep her team on level terms.
The two sides went into halftime tied 0-0.
The Loggers, however, got the breakthrough goal early in the second half and would make it count.
The Huskies were forced to make some changes to their lineup because of injuries and defensive midfielder Brylee Barsanti switched to center back and played well in the new role.
“Barsanti rose to the occasion, delivering an outstanding performance,” Aguirre said.
Despite going behind early in the second half, the Fortuna players remained focused.
“Our girls remained undaunted, pushing forward relentlessly,” the head coach added. “Despite this setback, our girls remained resilient and determined, pushing forward relentlessly.”
The Eureka defense, however, has yet to allow a goal this season and the Loggers were able to see the game out.
“Unfortunately, fatigue began to take its toll,” Aguirre said of his team. “And maintaining possession became a challenge. Eureka cleverly forced us into a chasing game whenever they had the ball.”
The Fortuna girls, who are ow 1-1 in league and 10-1 overall, will try to bounce back when they travel to play McKinleyville on Tuesday afternoon.
“Our team poured their hearts into the game, giving it their all,” Aguirre said.