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Del Norte High soccersquads fall to Fortuna

Girls lose 5-2, while

boys fall 3-1

By Bill Choy

Triplicate Sports Editor

After winning two games in a row each, the Del Norte High boys and girls soccer team could not gain wins against Fortuna on Saturday.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the girls squad could not hold on to the lead and lost 5-2.

Tied at one each at the half, the boys team fell 3-1.

In the girls game, the Warriors jumped out quickly, when in the fifth minute, Brittni Scott shot the ball about 20 feet out from the left side and scored, to give the Warriors the 1-0 lead. In the 12th minute, Scott passed the ball to Rachel Lawrence, who kicked the ball in for the goal to give Del Norte the 2-0 lead.

Head coach Clar Byers said it was an encouraging start to see the team executing the way they should so quickly. But, it did not last, as the Huskies tied the game 2-2 by he end of the first half of the contest. In the second half, Fortuna came out attacking and quickly was able to score early in the second. By the end of the contest, the Huskies had scored three goals in the half to earn the 5-2 win.

Byers said while he felt the team played hard and gave good effort, many team members started to get fatigued in the second half, which affected their performance.

He said he is working closely with the team this week to improve their stamina.

On Wednesday, the Warriors play Arcata, which has been the top team in the league for several years.

Byers said Del Norte needs to do a good job on defense to shut down Arcata and get them out of their passing rhythm, and to play aggressive offense and take advantage of scoring chances. Del Norte is currently 2-4 for the year.

In the boys' game, head coach Gilberto Gil Rodriguez said things were fairly even the first half and the team did a good job on the soccer field.

Andrew Salas scored for the Warriors in the first half.

By the end of the half, the score was tied 1-1.

But, Gil Rodriguez said, Del Norte had several chances to score, and did not capitalize.

In the second half, the Warriors still struggled to capitalize on scoring chances as the Huskies scored two goals to gain the 3-1 win, Gil Rodriguez said.

To him, another key factor was what he said was poor officiating during the contest.

In several instances, Gil Rodriguez said, calls that should have been made, from grabbing the uniforms of Warrior players, to Fortuna players touching the ball with their hands were not called.

Also, Gil Rodriguez said, there was at least a 10 minute period before the Warrior coaches realized that Fortuna had 12 players, instead of the 11 allowed on the field.

He said he has complained and a letter has been written to Big 5 Conference officials

On Wednesday, they will face Arcata, which Gil Rodriguez said will be a challenge, as the Tigers one of the top teams in the league.

He said his team needs to continue to be aggressive and to capitalize on scoring chances on goal if they want to win. The Warriors are 2-1 for the year.

Both boys' and girls' games begin at 5 p,m at the Del Norte high soccer fields.

On Thursday, the boys were supposed to play Brookings on the road.

That game has been cancelled because both coaches will be unable to attend the match, Gil Rodriguez said.

In Junior Varsity boys soccer action, the team lost its first game of the season at Fortuna on Monday 3-0 and will play at home on Thursday.

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