It only took one goal to end International High School’s 13-game undefeated run, and it came at the hands of the also-undefeated Roseland University Prep Knights from Santa Rosa.
Roseland (9-0-2) beat International (11-1-2, 7-0) 1-0 at Crocker Amazon Playground.
The nonleague game matched Roseland, which leads the North Coast South II section, against the Bay Counties League Central-leading Jaguars.
“I’m glad we lost now, and not in NCS,” said International captain Laurent Hesnard, referring to the North Coast Section playoffs. “This is definitely a team that we’ll be seeing. They had a few opportunities and took care of one of them, we couldn’t take care of like 10 of them.”
The Knights controlled the game the first half, outshooting International 5-2 in the half, and 8-6 overall. But it wasn’t until the 58th minute that a shot finally found the net.
Roseland’s Roberto Macias got the play started, passing to Fernando Gonzalez, who quickly passed the ball on to Daniel Ortega. Ortega’s shot sailed high and over the head of Jaguar goalkeeper Gabriel Landaverde.
“I think we could have done much better,” said Roseland coach Alan Ramos. “I’m glad we won; we lacked energy, but we possessed the ball pretty well.”
While Ramos called the team’s play “a little lazy,” it was not lacking intensity.
Two Roseland players were given yellow cards in the first half, including captain Jonathan Flores, who was carded for a verbal altercation with the referee after the first half whistle blew.
After giving up their first goal in the last four games, the International attack found new energy, but was never able to finish off the opportunities.
Claudio Tarchi was able to dribble through the Knights defenders, only to have his shot trickle just wide. In the last 15 minutes, Tarchi took four corner kicks for the Jaguars, but the ball never found the net, with one header going off the crossbar, and another going just wide.
International coach Carlos Bover said that his team had been dominated the first half, but was able to pull together in the second.
“As a defense, collectively, we struggled,” he said. “They were technically very, very good.”
“This is the type of team where if you make one mistake, they score, and that’s it,” Bover said. “There’s no team better than us; it’s us that make teams better than us — our mistakes, not coming out concentrated.”
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