The Fortuna Huskies took a big step toward a possible league championship in H-DNL boys soccer on Saturday, defeating the Arcata Tigers 2-1.
The victory keeps the Huskies atop the league standings and widened the gap to two points.
However, the race for the pennant is far from over, and with Eureka also winning on Saturday — 9-0 against St. Bernard’s — that sets up another huge showdown between the Loggers and Fortuna at Albee Stadium on Wednesday night.
In girls soccer, Arcata defeated South Fork 3-0 in a make-up non-league game at Arcata.
Adrian Magana and Brandon Cruz each scored for the Fortuna boys, who improved to 6-1-2 in league play (14 points).
Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes described the game as a “great high school soccer match for both schools.”
William Devars scored the only goal of the game for the Tigers, who dropped to 4-2-3 and are now three points off the league lead after a tie (at Eureka) and a loss (at Fortuna) this week.
“I’m proud of our team’s effort and focus,” said Arcata head coach John Davidson, whose team dropped one place to third in the league standings. “We’ll get ’em next time.”
At Eureka, meanwhile, Trenton Gerber scored a hat trick to lead the Loggers past their crosstown rivals.
Levi Grossman added a pair of goals in the win, as did Sergio Calderon, with Will Mooney also scoring just a few days after his thrilling late equalizer in a 2-2 tie against Arcata.
Graydon Larson rounded out the scoring, while Mooney and Calderon each had two assists.
Del Norte, meanwhile, could present the biggest threat to the Huskies in the run in.
After their shutout win at South Fork, the Warriors improved to 5-2-1 (11 points) and are tied with Arcata in third but have a game in hand.
Saxon Taylor and Adrian Contreras scored first-half goals against South Fork to give the Warriors a two-goal cushion at halftime.
Del Norte is now unbeaten in five straight league games, second only to Fortuna’s run of six straight unbeaten games.
The remaining schedule for the top four is as follows …
Fortuna — Eureka (away), St. Bernard’s (home) and South Fork (away)
Eureka — Fortuna (home), South Fork (away) and Del Norte (home)
Del Norte — St. Bernard’s (home), Arcata (away), McKinleyville (home) and Eureka (away).
Arcata — Del Norte (home), South Fork (home) and McKinleyville (away).
In H-DNL girls soccer on Saturday, Arcata hosted South Fork in a non-league make-up game and won 3-0.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 5-2-3 overall.
Gabriela Cavinta and Quin Rush Copple each had a goal and an assist in the win, while freshman Ada Kinziger scored for the second straight game.
Jada Lusk also had an assist in the win, which completed a four-game sweep for the Arcata girls against Little 4 teams this fall.
The Tigers had multiple players out of town and started the game with just 10 on hand, before finishing with just nine.
For South Fork, Raelyn Hawkins and Aurora Galaz both played well in defense to help contain the Arcata attack, while Hannah Savio had a good second half up front after making three saves in goal in the opening half.
Makenzie Brewer took over between the posts after the break and had another clean sheet while making six saves.
Elizabeth Chivington and Flora Cruise both also played well in midfield for the visitors.
Both teams return to league play on Tuesday.
The Tigers play at Fortuna, while the Cubs play at St. Bernard’s.