Del Norte, Eureka both win to remain in contention

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The two hottest teams in H-DNL boys soccer continued to roll on Saturday morning.

Both Del Norte and Eureka posted wins to move ahead of Fortuna in the standings in the tightest championship race the league has seen in several years.

The Warriors won 2-0 at Arcata and knocked the defending champion Tigers out of contention, while the Loggers won 3-1 at South Fork.

The win for the Eureka boys, who are unbeaten in six straight games, leaves them alone atop the standings with 16 points with one game remaining, while Del Norte now has 15 points with two games to play.

The Warriors are the only team of the three contenders to hold their fate in their own hands and if they win their final two games they will be crowned league champions for the first time since 1995 and just the second time ever in program history.

They travel to Eureka on Monday in a game that will have a huge impact in the championship race, before returning home to host McKinleyville in their league finale on Wednesday.

Brandt Pennington scored a goal in each half at Arcata for the Warriors, who are now unbeaten in seven straight games since losing two of their opening here league games.

Fortuna, which had a bye in league this weekend, also remains in the chase with games at South Fork on Monday and at home to St. Bernard’s on Wednesday.

Both of Monday’s games kick off at 6 p.m.

If the Loggers beat the Warriors they will be guaranteed at least a share of the league crown which would be the first for the school since 2007.

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  1. Statement win by DN over Arcata, JUGGERNAUT!

    EHS, just not seeing a loss finishing out season.

    Difference I believe is EHS has best offense in league this season… so DN has to hold defensively while doing what they do offensively… .

    On paper, reads to be the top match thus far this season…

  2. 18-18-17 (if DN ties EHS, beats MHS)
    18-17-17 (if 2 ties by DN)
    19-18-16 (if DN wins out)

    FHS will get 18 pts short a meltdown!

  3. I like this to spice up the situation: 17

    17, 17, 17

    SF ties FHS

    DN ties last 2 games to EHS and MHS.

    odds: 50 to 1 (predominately depends upon SF!)

  4. So, today’s game was actually later this week previously as scheduled… to make room for a possible co-champ scenario…

    …even though 3 teams finishing @ 7-2-3 is still possible, if SF and Mack step-up to tie FHS and DN respectively.

  5. only this site crashes Ray using wordpress and chrome. Cant fart an “a” without the system crashing on correction.

  6. DN throttled a lifeless EHS team that ya would think took the game more seriously… being hung out to dry like a 2 dollar bill clipped to a sour clothes line…

    DN is a JUGGERNAUT! DN is taking the Title in 2023. Last great HDNL champ was DN, this years club is HUNGRY!!

    FHS took care of business over SF, a knuckle sandwich with a top garnishing…

    DN 19
    FHS 18
    EHS 16
    AHS 13-15
    MHS 10-12
    SF 5
    SB 1

    Notes: AHS had a down season. MHS has not got over the hump after Ian stepped down. SF and SB are coaching gig opportunities…maybe MHS too🤷‍♂️

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