By Graham Henderson
It only took one goal to end International High School’s 13-game undefeated run, and it came at the hands of also-undefeated Roseland University Prep of Santa Rosa.
Roseland (9-0-2) beat International (11-1-2, 7-0) 1-0 on Monday at at Crocker Amazon Playground.
“I’m glad we lost now, and not in NCS,” said International captain Laurent Hesnard, referring to the CIF-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 early, 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 and into the net.
“This is the type of team where if you make one mistake, they score, and that’s it,” said International head coach Carlos Bover. “There’s no team better than us; it’s us that makes teams better than us — our mistakes, not coming out concentrated.”
While Roseland head coach Alan 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.
“I think we could have done much better,” Ramos said. “I’m glad we won; we lacked energy, but we possessed the ball pretty well.”
After giving up their first goal in its last four games, the International attack found new energy in the second half, 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.
Bover said that his team had been dominated the first half, but was able to pull together in the second.
“We learn from these kind of things,” said Jaguar captain Hesnard “We grow as a team. We have a chance to get back up.”