Alex Carrillo has been one of the Warriors’ leaders defensively this season. But with three key attacking midfielders and forwards unavailable to Del Norte in Eureka on Saturday, the senior moved up into the attacking midfield and made his presence felt, scoring the first hat trick of the season for the Warriors in a 5-0 victory on the road against St. Bernard’s.

“The boys played very well,” Del Norte head coach David Sanyaolu wrote in an email to the Triplicate. “We were missing key players (Jared Castro, Cruz Cerros, Saul Calte) so we had to reshuffle, especially in midfield. Alex Carrillo stepped into the play-making role of Jared and made it count with three goals and a commanding performance.”

Carrillo’s hat trick — three goals scored — was the first by a Del Norte player since Alejandro’s older brother Roger Carrillo accomplished the feat in 2015 against Ferndale.

Alex Carrillo got the scoring started for Del Norte just 10 minutes into the game when he received a cross pass from Ramsey Gonzalez and managed to beat the keeper for a 1-0 Del Norte lead.

The score stayed at 1-0 until halftime, but the Warriors were able to tack on an insurance goal just six minutes into the second half.

Del Norte appeared to score after a string of quick passes by the Warriors found Jovanni Gonzalez inside the box. Gonzalez floated the ball over the goalkeeper, but an opposing defender got a hand on the ball as it sailed into the net. The referee ruled that he had blown the whistle for the hand ball prior to the ball going into the net, however. As a result, the Warriors were awarded a penalty kick, which Carrillo converted for his second goal of the game and a 2-0 lead.

Just three minutes later the Warriors connected on a long goal from Aaron Mignon, playing in his first game since injuring his leg early in the season. Mignon took a pass from Ramsey Gonzalez well outside the box on the left side of goal. Mignon was able to strike a shot over the keeper and into the net for his first goal of the season.

In the 52nd minute Carrillo completed his hat trick when he was the first player to get to a loose ball in St. Bernard’s box and managed to poke it into the net.

Bryce Howard capped the scoring for the game in the 65th minute when he headed a cross pass fron Elvin Ramirez into the goal for a 5-0 lead.

“The defense was solid; they played hard and safe,” Sanyaolu said. “We got the ball out quickly to the opposition area in transition, used the wings very often, and had good succession of passes. It was an all-round good performance, our best of the season so far, and I am very proud of the boys. Even the second unit got good minutes and played very well.”

With the win, Del Norte improves to 4-2 overall this season. The Warriors will be back in action at home on Wednesday taking on Arcata at 3:30 p.m. Del Norte fell 4-0 to the Tigers in the Warriors’ season opener on Sept. 6.

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