By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
After losing two straight games each, the Del Norte High girls and boys soccer teams earned victories against St. Bernard's in Eureka on Wednesday to get back on the winning track.
The girls won 8-2 to go to 4-7 for the year.
The boys won 5-2, with senior Ricky Juarez achieving a hat trickscoring three goals in a game, to help the Warriors go to 4-4 for the season.
"They played with a lot more confidence," boys head coach Gilberto Gil Rodriguez said. "After two straight losses they were hungry for the win."
With the win, Del Norte pulls even in wins and losses for the year. Gil Rodriguez said the team is determined to do well the rest of the way and be in contention in conference play.
In the boys game, Juarez took over in the first half, scoring all three of his goals before sitting out the second half. He scored first in the 10th minute. Then, St. Bernard's scored to make it 1-1.
A short time later, Juarez scored again, and then had his third goal as Del Norte took a 3-1 lead at the half.
Gil Rodriguez commended Juarez for his efforts.
"He's up to the task," he said. "He's a competitor. He's always ready to score."
In the second half, Enrique Leal and Edwin Aguilar scored. Kyler Davis and Mykal Stoner had two assists each in the contest.
Gil Rodriguez said goalie Scott Skeen did "an excellent job of protecting the goal."
In the girls contest, Del Norte started well, when in the ninth minute, Brittni Scott scored a goal from more than 35 yards out.
"The ball literally dropped vertically into the goal," head coach Clar Byers said. "It was just awesome.
The Warriors continued to put points on the scoreboard when Sinead Aguilar scored in the 19th minute, with an assist by Robyn Suzuki.
In the 26th minute, Courtney Micheletti scored, with an assist from Scott. Before the half, St. Bernard's scored to make it 3-1 at the break.
In the second half, Del Norte came out hot "and just ran with it," Byers said.
In the 49th minute, Rachael Lawrence scored with an assist by Suzuki. Ten minutes later, Lawrence scored again, with an assist on a corner kick by Lauren Byers to make it 5-2.
Two minutes later, the Warriors scored again when Byers made a goal, with an assist by Lawrence.
Byers scored gain a few minutes later with an assist by Scott.
St. Bernard's scored in the 77th minutes to make it 7-2. In the final minute of play, Scott scored to end the game at 8-2.
Clar Byers said he was proud of the way the team stayed spread out, passed the ball around and played well in all facets of the game.
He commended goalie Michelle Stacey for playing tough and making clutch saves, including one where on a breakaway, it was just she and the St. Bernard's player.
When the game was 5-2, Byers said several of his players asked if he could put in senior Deborah Loughry, who plays forward, into the game.
Byers said Loughry just started to play soccer last year for the team, and while she usually does not see the fieldshe has endeared herself to the rest of the team with her hard work and dedication in practice.
"The girls just love her," he said. "She gave a lot of effort and worked really hard today."
Originally, the Warriors soccer teams were supposed to play at home on Saturday.
Because of SAT tests, the two games have been moved to 3:30 p.m. on Monday.