The Del Norte girls soccer team took control of the game early in Ferndale and held on late for a 2-1 victory on the road over the Wildcats.
Laura Ochoa got the Warriors off to a hot start by beating the Ferndale defense in the third and seventh minutes to give the Warriors a quick 2-0 advantage.
“We had a ton of shots on goal after that, but we just couldn’t seem to get anything in,” said Del Norte head coach Renee Rayls. “But we ended up getting the win, which was great.”
The Warriors finished the game with a total of 17 shots on goal, but after the first seven minutes of the game, Ferndale was able to keep the ball out of its net.
“Seventeen shots is great, but I would have like to see a few more of those go in,” Rayls said. “We had plenty of shots on goal from a ton of different players.”
Del Norte kept the Wildcats’ offense off the scoreboard until the second half, when Ferndale was able to cut the Warriors’ lead in half with a goal in the 62nd minute.
“We dominated play and had the ball on their side of the field for the majority of the game,” Rayls said. “Ferndale was able to battle back a few times and they were able to score on us, but we pretty much kept them on their side of the field.”
The win was Del Norte’s first in league play, though the Warriors tied Ferndale in the first meeting between the teams in Crescent City. Del Norte is now 2-6-1 overall and 1-6-1 in the Humboldt-Del Norte league.
“We needed a win. It had been a while. We have been playing really hard, so I think the win helps bring their spirits up,” Rayls said. “When you work really hard in practice and you aren’t winning games it defeats you a little bit, even when you are only losing by one or two goals. So it was good to see them get a win. They deserve it.”
The Warriors will be back at home on Saturday, taking on McKinleyville in a later-than-normal start. The game will kick off at about 5 p.m.