By Bonta Hill
International High School scored early and often on Tuesday, cruising to a 10-0 Bay Counties League Central win over Pescadero at Crocker Amazon Playground.
The win keeps the Jaguars undefeated on the season at 7-0-1.
“We came here to play and the guys played hard,” said International head coach Carlos Bover. “It’s a league game and it counts like any other league game.”
Claudio Tarchi, Kai Leshne, and Lucas Harrell each scored twice, and the Jaguars peppered Viking goalie Jose Resendez with an astounding 28 shots on goal.
The International defense barely broke a sweat as their offense controlled the tempo and attacked at will.
While the next four games should provider much stiffer challenges, Tarchi admitted that it was tough to keep the intensity high in a game that saw his team up 6-0 at halftime.
“We just had to keep the mentality straight,” Tarchi said. “We just had to keep passing the ball around and play the way we usually play.”
On a day when the Jaguars did whatever they wanted on the pitch, they weren’t satisfied, as they are striving to repeat as BCL Central champions.
“Personally this doesn’t satisfy me,” team captain Laurent Hesnard said. “I like to play harder teams. To prove yourself you have to play the best.”
The Vikings missed a golden opportunity to score in the 10th minute, when Viking striker Conor White was awarded a penalty kick off a handball called on Jaguar defender Taj Millot.
White was denied by Jaguars goalie Gabriel Landaverde, yet White got the ball back as it ricocheted off of Landaverde’s leg, but missed the net, sending the ball past the right post.
Vikings head coach Antonio Flores had little to say as his team lacked the firepower and depth to prevent International from scoring double digits.
“We just need to get better,” Flores said. “Just need to practice more.”
As Bover’s team improved to 4-0 in league play, he looked ahead to the to a tough non-league challenge, when his Jaguars travels to take on College Prep of Oakland on Friday.
“They like to touch the ball, we like to touch the ball,” said an emphatic Bover. “They’re a good team and I know the coach at [College Prep] personally. It’s going to be a fight for possession of the ball.
Still, Bover likes where his team is at, and feels the best has yet to come.
“Physically we’re very strong and we’re well conditioned,” Bover said. “That might be the decider [Friday].”
I: 3rd minute — Kai Leshne
I: 15th minute — Lucas Harrell
I: 24th minute — Claudio Tarchi
I: 31st minute — Tarchi
I: 32nd minute — Harrell
I: 35th minute — Alex Beaudouin
I: 44th minute — Thomas Murray
I: 53rd minute — Raphael Laude
I: 56th minute — Jules Goguely
I: 71st minute — Leshne