The Del Norte girls soccer team ran into a tough opponent on Wednesday in Arcata, and the Warriors suffered their first loss of the season 7-0 at the hands of the Tigers.

Arcata jumped out to a big 4-0 lead in the first half, and added three more scores after halftime for the win.

“The girls played hard,” said Del Norte head coach Renee Rayls. “We got a better feel for what we need to work on. We need to work on our conditioning still, but we have a lot of girls with a lot of talent, and girls willing to play in positions that they don’t normally play. I saw a lot of things out of the girls that I haven’t seen before, which was good.”

One of the highlights of the night for the Warriors was Breaunna Johnson, who spent the entire game between the posts as Del Norte’s keeper.

Although Arcata was able to get seven goals throughout the game, Johnson’s strong play in goal kept the score from getting worse. Johnson finished the game with 20 saves.

“They got a lot of shots on her, but she had a ton of saves,” Rayls said.

The Del Norte offense started to pick up the pace in the second half, finishing with seven total shots on goal.

“We had a lot of chances, we just have to work on not taking so long with getting our shots off,” Rayls said. “We really pushed their side of the field a lot more in the second half. I thought we were going to be able to score there a couple times.”

With the loss, Del Norte falls to 1-1 overall this season, but 0-1 in Humboldt-Del Norte League play. Although the Warriors’ second game resulted in a loss, Rayls said she thought her team was moving in the right direction.

“We are improving a lot. Now we know what we need to work on for Saturday and the rest of the season. Our positioning was much better. They are doing a lot better with, after getting a pass or shot off, looking for that next ball and where they need to be next.”

The Warriors will be back in action on the road in McKinleyville on Saturday, kicking off at about 1 p.m., following the boys game.

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