Fortuna, DN boys tie after late PK; Warriors girls fall 8-1 to Huskies
In the wake of losing a 2-goal lead and tying Fortuna on its home field, Del Norte High boys soccer coach David Sanyaolu preferred to take the long view.
"Given our history with them - we would lose 7-0, 8-0, 5-0 - a tie is a sign of how far we've come," Sanyaolu said. "A tie is so respectable.
"It will linger because it could have been a victory."
Indeed, the Warriors came off the field at Del Norte High School on Saturday afternoon looking a bit shellshocked. Del Norte had a 2-0 advantage on the Huskies after 16 minutes, but could not sustain its lead, tying Fortuna 2-2.
"It shows who's the weakest and who's the strongest out there," Warriors senior Jose Ramirez said of his team's late-game struggles. "We have the potential to win every game. It's about the mentality to go out and reach it."
Ramirez started Del Norte off on his right foot, capitalizing on an accurately placed right cross from junior Juan Alvarado in the fourth minute. Ramirez kicked the ball off a Fortuna defender's back and over the head of Huskies goalkeeper Julian Martinez.
Twelve minutes later, Warriors senior Carlo Soldaini knifed through the middle of the Huskies' defense. Soldaini found senior Jesus "Chito" Herrera just right of the goal, and Herrera beat Martinez for Del Norte's second goal.
The Warriors saw an advantage in the way the Huskies spaced themselves defensively that enabled a quick attack.
"We noticed that, on defense, they were never close together," Ramirez said. "We were able to spread the ball around."
After the second goal, Fortuna challenged Del Norte offensively, spending much of the first half on the Warriors' half of the field. The Huskies got on the board when Franki Calderon's shot was blocked by Del Norte goal keeper Brandon Bloyd - right to Lesandro Herrera,who tapped in the 26th-minute goal.
The Warriors missed a big opportunity early in the second half to regain control of the game. Chito Herrera received another pass from Soldaini in front of the goal, but his shot hit the left post. Jose Ramirez collected the rebound and took a shot of his own that Martinez of the Huskies collected.
In the 62nd minute, Del Norte's Tanner Walker was whistled for a foul in the goalie box, leading to a Fortuna penalty kick. Miguel Martinezbeat Bloyd to the top-left corner of the goal for the equalizer.
"I respectfully disagree with that penalty," Sanyaolu said.
Warriors senior Luis Raya sent a free kick toward the goal in the 67th minute, but Jorge Ramirez's header went wide and Del Norte would neither receive nor create a better scoring opportunity.
Fortuna outshot the Warriors 27-8 during the game, with Bloyd making 10 saves in goal.
Fortuna 8, Del Norte girls 1
The Warriors girls soccer team struggled in its Saturday morning contest against the Huskies as Fortuna outshot Del Norte 53-3 for the game en route to a seven-goal victory.
"Even though we lost, their spirits were high," Warriors coach Clar Byers said. "The reserves were playing as well as the starters, gaining strength (over the course of the game)."
Del Norte senior Fernanda Herrera scored on a corner kick from junior Hailey Hulse in the fifth minute, the first goal of the game. Herrera would later exit the game with a lower leg injury and did not come back until the final minutes of the second half.
The Huskies took over from that point, leading 6-1 at halftime (on 39 shot attempts) and keeping Del Norte in check defensively for the rest of the contest.
Mackenzie Rice and Amada Lang had two goals apiece for Fortuna, with Rachel Hess, Merritt Schoenhofer, Katrina Cahill and Alexa Taylor each chipping in a goal.
Warriors goalkeeper Kira Standring had 21 saves on the day.
Soccer schedule changes
The Del Norte girls will host Ferndale High on Friday, Oct. 5, in a nonleague contest. The game had originally been scheduled for Saturday.
The Warriors girls and boys will play at South Fork on Friday, Oct. 12, one day before the originally scheduled date. The girls' game will begin at 1:30 p.m., with the boys playing at 3 p.m.
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