The Del Norte boys soccer team’s offense exploded in Ferndale on Wednesday, finding the Wildcats’ net early and often during a dominant 9-0 victory on the road.
“The boys saw the benefit of mindful practice towards a game and having a plan,” said Del Norte head coach David Sanyaolu. “All of the things that we worked on, especially in terms of goal scoring, were put into play. (Against Eureka) we were being very wasteful with our scoring opportunities, so we needed to work on goal scoring. Everything came together today though.”
Junior Aaron Mignon was red-hot to open the game, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes of the game to grab an unbelievably fast hat trick and hand the Warriors a big early lead.
Mignon broke the scoreless tie in the second minute, beating the Ferndale keeper off of an assist by Alex Carrillo. Mignon found the net again just five minutes later, heading a corner kick from Ramsey Gonzalez into the Wildcats’ net for a 2-0 lead. In the 10th minute, Mignon completed the hat trick with his third goal off of a pass from Elvin Ramirez.
In the 25th minute Carrillo added on to the Warriors’ lead, scoring on a cross pass from Ramsey Gonzalez to put Del Norte ahead 4-0 heading into halftime.
The Warriors decided to switch up its lineup a little for the second half with a 4-goal lead. Senior keeper Jorge Landeros moved out into the field to play striker in the second half.
“Jorge has always been complaining to me that he wants to see some outfield action. So in the second half we brought him in to play striker for us. Then Ro-tah Shorty ended up in goal,” Sanyaolu said. “His debut as a goalkeeper was just amazing. I would like to commend him. He made some fine saves in the second half.”
Landeros also made his presence felt in his new position. Landeros played on the wing for the Warriors as a freshman and sophomore, and showed that he still has the skills of a position player in Ferndale.
Landeros kicked off the scoring in the second half with a goal in the 55th minute, assisted by Samuel Cowan.
After tallying two assists in the first half, Ramsey Gonzalez finally scored a goal of his own in the 60th minute, pushing the Warriors lead to 6-0 off of an assist by Elvin Ramirez.
“By that time we had put in our second unit,” Sanyaolu said. “So everybody got to see action today. The second unit actually played pretty well.”
Ramsey Gonzalez then picked up his third assist of the game in the 70th minute when he found Landeros for the keeper’s second goal of the game.
Sebastian Gonzalez got in on the action late in the game, scoring his first high school goal ever in the 76th minute off of a pass from Alex Carrillo. Sebastian Gonzalez then picked up an assist just before the final whistle when his cross pass found Cruz Cerros, who put the ball into the net for a 9-0 lead.
“We beat them 7-0 in the first game, but the result apart, the way we played was very good,” Sanyaolu said. “We passed the ball very well, even the guys that came in in the second half. Everybody was hustling, competing, passing the ball and making plays. We have improved so much since our first game.”
With the win, Del Norte improves to 6-3 overall this season with five games left in the regular season. The Warriors will be back in action on Saturday against McKinleyville.
“I think that game is going to define where we end up in the league,” Sanyaolu said. “We are always on par with them. I told the boys that even though we beat them 2-0 in the first game, we can’t take them for granted because it was a game that could have gone either way. We need to come out and execute.”
Due to SAT testing scheduled for Saturday morning, the boys soccer game will start later than usual, kicking off at 3 p.m.