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Soccer teams win delayed games

Andrew Salas of Del Norte High kicks the ball against South Fork at home on Monday. (The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal).
Andrew Salas of Del Norte High kicks the ball against South Fork at home on Monday. (The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal).

Warrior boys win 2-0, girls win 1-0

in shortened game

By Bill Choy

Triplicate Sports Editor

A victory is always worth the wait.

On Monday, the Del Norte High boys and girls soccer teams won their respective games against South Fork at home.

The two contests were delayed when the majority of referees did not show up for the 3:30 p.m. start times due to a miscommunication that made them think the contest started at 5 p.m.

The boys game finally took place around 4 p.m. when local referee Doug Suzuki, with help from girls head coach Clar Byers, a certified referee, were able to start the boys match.

The girls game took place shortly before 5 p.m. when the remaining referees arrived.

At the end of the first half of the girls game, with the Warriors up 1-0, the contest was forfeited to Del Norte, which is allowed in the rules if at least one full half is played.

The reason—the South Fork bus driver was required to leave by 6 p.m.

Originally, the games were supposed to be played in Crescent City on Saturday, but was moved to Monday because of SAT tests.

In the boys' contest, Del Norte took control from the beginning, easily moving the ball down the field and earning several scoring chances.

While South Fork was able to get a few shots on goal, they never truly threatened.

In the 18th minute, after several failed attempts by the Warriors, Kyler Davis was able to slice through the South Fork defense and shot the ball into the goal for the 1-0 lead.

Shortly before the end of the half, Del Norte was able to score again when Jonathan Olvera put the ball into the goal to make it 2-0.

In the second half, Del Norte was able to continue to move the ball down the field and had countless scoring chances—but the ball could not seem to go in.

The Warriors were able to shut down South Fork and gave them very few chances to go down the field and shoot at the goal.

The win improve the Warriors record to 5-4 for the year.

Head coach Gilberto Gil Rodriguez commended his entire team for playing hard and earning the victory at home. But, he said, his squad still needs to work on taking advantage of scoring chances.

To him, the Warriors should have had more than two goals, adding while they had the shots "we couldn't finish the play."

Gil Rodriguez said the team also needs to improve its communication on the field if it wants to do well.

In the girls' match, Del Norte was able to prevent South Fork from scoring, even when they had a few clear shots at the goal. Goalie Robyn Suzuki, who took over for starter Michelle Stacey, who had a prior commitment, did a good job stopping the ball from going in the goal and made a few nifty saves to prevent the score.

The Warriors were able to move the ball down the field and capitalized in the 20th minute when Lauren Byers scored from two feet out.

While Clar Byers refereed the boys' game, assistant coach Sarah Chavez coached the girls.

The win improves the Warriors to 5-7 for the year.

On Wednesday, both teams face Big 5 Conference opponent Fortuna at home. Both games are set for 5 p.m.

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