By Dante Quazzo
International High School was perfect from start to finish in the Bay Counties League Central this season, and capped off its undefeated league run with a 4-1 victory over Bay School to win its second consecutive league title on Thursday at Kezar Stadium.
“The girls have worked really hard all through the season, and we’ve played a lot of tough games,” said International head coach Carlos Bover. “It’s a great win.”
The game was tight throughout the first half, with the only score coming from International sophomore Bianca Woodard just outside the goal line in the 16th minute.
“It was a free kick outside the box [that lead to the score],” Woodard said. “[Teammate] Kate Bultman kicked it perfectly, and I was waiting at the back post and knocked it in.”
The game was still close after the half, but International controlled possession throughout and pulled away late. Clara Hancock came through with the Jaguars second goal in the 67th minute, assisted by Bultman again. Then, senior Angele Goguely scored twice for the Jaguars in the 70th and 76th minutes to put the game out of reach.
Bay Freshman Kai Karrasch added a goal for the Breakers in the 73rd minute, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
“[International] did very well in executing their set pieces, and they finished strong,” said Bay co-head coach Will Goodson.
The loss marks the end of the season for the Breakers, but Goodson saw a lot of positives throughout the year.
“We had the goal at the beginning of the season to do better in league than we did last year, and we improved on our league record and made it back to the league championship,” Woodard added. “It was the teamwork that got us all of our results this season. They gelled really well as a unit.”
With the victory, International receives the league’s automatic entry into the North Coast Section playoffs, where the Jaguars hope to add yet another mark to their season.
The Jaguars will look to avenge a first round penalty-kick loss last year, but they welcome the challenge.
“We’re going to enjoy the win today, and tomorrow we’re going to think about what we have to do,” said Bover. “We’re going to play a very different kind of opponent [in NCS]. We’ll have to work a lot and try our hardest.”