Boys and Girls Schedule
11 vs. Fortuna (Boys 3:30, Girls 5:30)
21 vs. St Bernards (Boys 1:00, Girls 3:00)
25 at Fortuna (Boys 5:00 Girls 7:00)
28 vs. Eureka (Boys 1:00, Girls 3:00)
2 at South Fork (Boys 3:30, Girls 5:30)
5 at St Bernards (Boys 1:00, Girls 3:00)
9 vs. McKinleyville (Boys 3:30, Girls 5:30)
12 at Arcata (Boys 1:00, Girls 3:00)
16 at McKinleyville (Boys 3:30, Girls 5:30)
19 at Eureka (Boys 1:00, Girls 3:00)
26 vs. Arcata (Boys 1:00, Girls 3:00)
30 vs. South Fork (Boys 3:00, Girls 5:00)
The Warrior boys and girls soccer teams opened their 2019 Humboldt-Del Norte League seasons Wednesday as they traveled to Fortuna to take on the Huskies. Both teams suffered losses, with the boys falling 2-0 and the girls coming out on the short end of a 4-1 outcome.
In the boys’ contest, the Huskies took advantage of a Warrior turnover and turned into into the first tally of the match in the 32nd minute of action. The Huskies then tacked on an insurance goal early in the second half, again capitalizing on a Warrior miscue as the visiting team failed to clear a corner kick.
“We were more offensive in the second half, but couldn’t score a goal,” Warrior boys coach David Sanyaolu said. “I’m proud of the boys for their effort. This game showed us what we need to work on, and we are looking forward to the rematch.”
After dropping a heartbreaking 1-0 match to the St Bernard’s Crusaders in what as impromptu contest at Del Norte High just over two weeks ago, the two teams returned to the same field Saturday, this time in Humboldt-Del Norte League action. For the first 25-30 minutes of Saturday’s match, it was the home team that appeared to be in complete control, dominating the offensive end of the field and limiting any scoring chances from the Crusaders on the defensive end of the field.
The game was played to a stalemate until midway into the first half, when Warrior senior Lanayea Botehlo found the bottom left hand corner of the net with a free kick from 25 yards to give the home team a 1-0 advantage. A short time later fellow senior Bailey Gonzalez found open space down the right flank and turned that into a second goal in a five-minute span, as the Warriors took a 2-0 lead.
The Warriors weren’t done mounting an offensive charge by any stretch of the imagination, as Botehlo wound up behind the Crusaders defense routinely throughout the first 40 minutes and junior Jadence Clifton narrowly missed finding the back of the net with a bicycle kick, but the home team was unable to add to its two-goal lead.
The momentum built from the early offensive surge would be all too fleeting though, as the Crusaders answered with three consecutive goals in the final 10 minutes of the opening half, taking a 3-2 lead into intermission and leaving the home team visibly deflated.
The two teams played to a virtual standoff throughout the second half, as the Warriors fell to 0-2 in conference play with two crucial matches on the schedule for the upcoming week. The Warriors will play host to the Fortuna Huskies Wednesday in a match that was originally scheduled to be played at Fortuna High School, but instead will be played at Del Norte High. The Warriors will then play host to the defending North Coast Section champion Eureka Loggers Saturday, September 28 at Del Norte High School.
The Warrior boys were scheduled to face the St Bernard’s Crusaders Saturday afternoon at Del Norte High as well, but the Crusaders were unable to make the trip north due to a shortage of players. The squad will instead play host to the Fortuna Huskies Wednesday afternoon in what will be its 2019 home opener. The Warrior boys will then play host to the Eureka Loggers Saturday, September 28 at Del Norte High School.