Del Norte girls soccer team was missing several of its leaders on Saturday, and Eureka took advantage by jumping out to a 4-0 lead at halftime and holding on for a 6-0 victory in Eureka on Saturday.
“It was definitely not one of our best games unfortunately,” said Del Norte head coach Renee Rayls. “I don’t know if it was because it was homecoming the night before or the fact that we were missing quite a few key players for various reasons on Saturday. We have a lot of girls though, and I have a lot of faith in all of them.”
The Warriors were playing without Brenda Paedes, Lanaeya Botelho and Karmen Lucatero among others on Saturday. Rayls said she believes the team has the talent to overcome those losses, but it may have lacked enough faith in itself to do so, especially early in the game.
“I think a lot of it was not going out there with a lot of confidence because we were missing a lot of girls,” Rayls said. “The other thing is that Eureka is a great team. They have a phenomenal soccer program and we just got beat off the ball every time. They were faster and they definitely wanted it more, especially in the first half.”
Although the Warriors found themselves in a big hole at halftime, Rayls said she was excited to see some of the younger players’ improvement during the second half in Eureka.
“The girls started to feel comfortable in some of those leadership positions,” Rayls said. “It took us until the second half to see that, but we had some freshmen in key positions where a senior or a junior would have been. It is hard for them to turn around and direct players where to go — they aren’t used to that — but it was good to see them start to do that in the second half. I think the future of Del Norte girls soccer is looking bright.”
The Warriors will be back in action on Wednesday with a trip to Ferndale. Del Norte and Ferndale tied 1-1 when the teams met in Crescent City. The girls game between the Warriors and Wildcats will begin at about 5:30 p.m., following the conclusion of the boys game.