By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
Facing perennial Big 5 Conference soccer powerhouse Arcata on Wednesday at home, the Del Norte High boys and girls squads came away with moral victories in defeat.
While the Warriors lost 2-0 in boys' play and 4-0 in the girls' game, both coaches were proud of the way their respective teams hung tough and played well in quite windy weather conditions.
In the boys game, Arcata used their solid fundamentals to move the ball down the field and to find the right times to shoot on goal as they scored two goals in the first half to take the 2-0 lead.
In the second half, Del Norte came out with renewed vigor and was able to keep Arcata from their goal, only allowing them one scoring attempt.
On the other end of the field, the Warriors were able to move the ball well down the field and had three scoring chances, including a ball that just barely missed, hitting the right goal post, but could not get a score.
Warrior coach Ademona Animashaun said he felt the team played "wonderful" and showed many attributes in the loss, such as limiting Arcata's goal chances in the second half, passing well and being able to get scoring chances on offense.
"We're getting there," he said.
Ademona Animashaun, head coach for the junior varsity team, is helping coach the varsity squad until next week, while head coach Gilberto Gil Rodriguez is out of town.
He commended Ben Tell for playing great defense and said he was pleased with the way Kyler Davis moved the ball down the field and Ricky Juarez was able to get shot attempts on goal.
Animashaun also was pleased with the way goalie Cody Reynoso was able to make several good saves.
The loss dropped Del Norte to 2-2 overall.
In the girls game, things did not start promising, with Arcata quickly moving down the field and scoring its first goal in the first five minutes of the game. About every five minutes in the first half, the Tigers were able to move down the field and score a goal. By the end of the half, Del Norte found itself with a 4-0 deficit.
Head coach Clar Byers said the gusty winds certainly played a factor for both teams when the wind was against them.
In the first half, it helped Arcata, and in the second half, it helped Del Norte, which made the wind a valuable "12th man," Byers said.
In the second half, Del Norte was able to contain the Tigers better, and limited their chances of shooting at the Del Norte goal.
While the Warriors chalked up the loss, Byers was pleased with his team's performance.
"We battled them," he said,. Byers was happy with the way Lauren Byers stepped up and played well on the defense end, as well as the defensive job Katie Suzuki provided.
Alyssa Eiserich also had a good game, he said, using her speed to get to the ball.
In their last game against Fortuna, Byers said the team tired out in the second half.
He was glad to see that the team's stamina improved and the girls were still running hard throughout the game.
Currently, the Warrior girls are 2-5 overall.
Both teams play at home on Saturday against Ferndale.
The boys begin at 11 a.m. and the girls are set for 1 p.m.