The Del Norte boys soccer team fell behind early, but rebounded for a dominant 5-1 victory over South Fork Wednesday. A pair of sophomores took center stage for the Warriors in Miranda scoring their first high school goals in the win.

“It was a good game ultimately, but we didn’t start out very well,” said Del Norte head coach David Sanyaolu. “We conceded an early goal three minutes into the game. There was a lapse in our defense and South Fork scored.”

Sanyaolu said the Warriors’ defense was a little bit too bunched up in the early going and South Fork was able to punch a pass through the defense. A Cubs forward was able to run up on the pass and beat the Del Norte keeper one-on-one.

“We played well at the end, but the first few minutes I thought we maybe took them for granted,”
Sanyaolu said. “I think that early goal was a reminder that they need to step up and I think it kind of spurred them on. We played well overall after that.”

Junior Ramsey Gonzalez was able to get the Warriors on the scoreboard in the 19th minute on a shot from the right side of the Cubs’ box, assisted by Jared Castro.

In the 25th minute sophomore Cruz Cerros scored his first ever high school goal with a little bit of flair — heading a cross pass from Elvin Ramirez into the back of the South Fork net for a 2-1 Del Norte lead.

“That was his first high school goal, so he was very excited,” Sanyaolu said.

Ramirez managed to give the Warriors a little breathing room in the 34th minute when he scored off of a direct free kick just outside the South Fork penalty box. The freshman wing has now scored in four of Del Norte’s five games this season.

In the second half Del Norte quickly took control of the game once again when freshman Jovanni Gonzalez beat the South Fork defense. Jovanni Gonzalez was assisted by Castro for the sophomore’s second assist of the game.

“Jared is our playmaker, so he is going to feature in a lot of our assists,” Sanyaolu said. “He does a good job of setting up all of our plays.”

The score stayed at 4-1 for most of the second half, but Samuel Cowan ended the game with an exclamation point. The sophomore took a cross pass from junior Ro-tah Shorty in the final minute of the game and buried it into the back of the net for the first goal of Cowan’s high school career.

“I am just happy for the first goals we got today. Everybody was just delighted for those boys,” Sanyaolu said. “It is always a good feeling when you have a chance to score your first high school goal.”

With the win the Warriors climb above .500 for the first time this season, sitting at 3-2 overall. Del Norte will be back in action on Saturday, taking on St. Bernard’s in Eureka at 11 a.m.

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