The Del Norte boys soccer team was the aggressor for most of the match against Eureka on Wednesday, but the Warriors couldn’t put the ball into the net, falling 2-0.
Although the game ended in defeat, the Warriors felt that they played well against Eureka.
“In my four years of coaching here, that game was the best,” said boys soccer coach David Sanyaolu. “It showed me that these boys are capable of something good if things click for us. All the philosophy of soccer that I believe in and have been teaching them, they brought it out.”
The Del Norte boys had solid performances throughout the lineup.
“We had good team spirits.Everybody worked together,” Sanyaolu said. “Our defense was more solid, our passing was straight and more accurate than previously and our attack was swift. Everybody rose to the occasion.”
Sanyaolu estimated that the Warriors managed 12 good scoring chances throughout the course of the game, but they just could not get the ball into the net.
“We were far too eager,” Sanyaolu said. “The goalkeeper was very good. We shouldn’t take anything away from him. That guy was awesome. But we could have been smarter in our placement of the ball. A lot of the time we were one-on-one with (the keeper), and we would hit it at him.
“I believe the strength of this team is our ability to score goals. Unfortunately, that was what failed us that day. It wasn’t for lack of trying though. We played well and we believe we were the better side.”
Meanwhile, Eureka scored on two of their four scoring chances.
The Loggers took the lead late in the first half, taking advantage of a rare Del Norte miscue on defense with about three minutes until halftime.
“It was just one of those defensive lapses and they scored,” Sanyaolu said.
In the second half, Del Norte remained in control of the play and continued to generate scoring opportunities but couldn’t tie the game up.
Eureka punched through its second goal on a counter-attack as Del Norte was pushing the attack to tie the game. The second goal came just as the final whistle was sounding.
Although the Warriors didn’t get the result that they were hoping for, Sanyaolu said he was proud of his team for their efforts. He hopes they continue to play at that level for the remaining three games of the season.
“They also realize that they have potential if they are able to tap that potential and put it to good use,” Sanyaolu said.
The Del Norte boys have the weekend off. The Warriors will be back at home on Wednesday when they welcome South Fork to Crescent City.