The Del Norte girls soccer team battled through the cold on Wednesday in Eureka, but the Loggers’ offense was too much for the Warriors. Eureka scored four goals in the first half en route to a 6-0 victory.
“It got cold,” said girls soccer coach Clar Byers. “It was almost down to 50 degrees. The football stadium there in Eureka kind of keeps the wind out, but it was cold.”
The Warriors were on the defensive for the majority of the game. They were out-shot 20-1 in the game, with Eureka getting 10 shots on target in each half.
Del Norte was able to keep Eureka off the scoreboard early, but the Loggers broke through with a goal in the 14th minute. Four minutes later they added another goal and went up by three in the 29th minute. The fourth goal occurred just before halftime, in stoppage time.
“In the second half it slowed down a little bit,” Byers said. “We were holding them a little bit better.”
Byers said he thought that the game looked “much better” than when Eureka traveled to Crescent City on Sept. 14 and came away with a 9-0 victory over Del Norte.
“I saw some positive things,” Byers said. “The girls were trying to pass and stay on players.”
Defensively, Del Norte played pretty well, especially through the middle, Byers said.
“Maddie Critz — she is a go-getter, a speed demon that just comes out of nowhere and helps clean out those attacks,” Byers said. “Once it gets past her, that is when the shots on goal happen.”
Of Eureka’s 20 shots on goal, Del Norte keeper Kira Standring was able save 13, with one shot hitting off of the post and bouncing out.
In the second half, Del Norte was also able to up a little bit more pressure on the Eureka net. The Warriors only shot on target came in the second period.
“We got in there a little bit and were able to threaten them,” Byers said.
The Warriors will be back on the pitch on Saturday when they travel to Oregon to take on Brookings.
“It is a non-league game, so we are just looking to have fun,” Byer said. “It is nice to play some of our neighbors like Brookings and Cave Junction, to play a team that is a little closer.”