Boys Soccer: Sacred Heart Cathedral wins first CCS championship

By Jeremy Balan

The two basketball teams capped what was likely the best single day in Sacred Heart Cathedral’s athletic history, but the Irish boys soccer team got the ball rolling.

Behind two goals from senior forward Johnny Rojas, the third-seeded Irish rallied back from an early deficit to beat fifth seed North Monterey County in the Central Coast Section Division III championship game at Gilroy High School. The win gives Sacred Heart (14-6-4) its first section soccer championship in school history.

The Condors (20-3-1) struck first on a goal midway through the first half, but Rojas equalized in the 34th minute on an assist from fellow senior Dashiell MacNamara.

Rojas put the Irish ahead in the 60th minute on an assist from junior Oscar Reyes, but it was MacNamara that saved the day in the final moments of stoppage time.

The Condors had two corner kicks in the extra time and on its last, Sacred Heart junior goalkeeper Connor Anderson came out to challenge the ball and a North Monterey player put the ball past the keeper, that appeared to be destined for the back of the net.

But MacNamara, standing on the goal line, headed the ball away from danger to seal the Irish victory.

Rojas’ goal-scoring ability was no surprise to Sacred Heart head coach Jeff Wilson, who moved the senior from midfielder to forward after a 3-1 loss to Burlingame in non-league play on Dec. 21. In his first game at forward against Sequoia, the senior scored the only goal in a 1-0 win and never looked back, finishing the year with school records in goals (22) and assists (15).

The Irish also avenged the first loss to Burlingame with a 4-3 overtime win over the Panthers in the CCS semifinals on Wednesday.

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  1. TM76 says:

    Way to go!!!! Long time coming but well worth it. Props to Coach Wilson for building a solid program and all they players for their hardwork and dedication. When you can compete in league and win games your on the rise up to the top

  2. Pablo says:

    Fantastic win for the program, well deserved for Coach of the Year Wilson and his hard working team. They have come so close in the previous foe years, it is even more of an accomplishment when you take into account that you are playing in a hostile environment, this was almost a home game for Monterrey, lots of taunting etc from a crowd that lacked true sportsmanship. They forgot that our team plays in one of the most challenging leagues in the state! one fact that i find amazing is that out of all WCAL teams this year only SH has managed to win a CCS title. Coach Wilson has built a fabulous program that we can all be proud of, is SH the new king of soccer in the City? Kudos to all the coaching staff, Matt, Toby, Paul B, Rafael, Sandro and Shani.

    Great day for the Irish, team work wins title, should give the kids an early day tomorrow to celebrate one of the great weekend’s in school sporting history.

    Go Irish!

    • IC Stars says:

      What I can’t believe is that Cal-Hi Sports didn’t have any highlights. Willow Glen, San Mateo and Watsonville were good enough…

  3. C_F says:

    heres the winning goal scored by johnny rojas ’12

  4. GCJ 01 says:

    Congrats to SHC’s boys soccer program.

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