NCL II girls soccer: Roseland Prep, upstart Technology battle to draw

By RICHARD J. MARCUS
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Playing on a soggy field under cloudy skies with light rain, the Roseland University Prep and Technology girls’ soccer teams slogged out a 1-1 tie on Monday afternoon — a result that was beneficial for both teams.

In order to qualify for North Coast Section playoffs a team has to have a .500 league record. The tie assures the Knights (8-8-1, 4-5-1) of at least a .500 mark in the North Central III league with one game to go against visiting Rincon Valley Christian on Wednesday. Roseland’s originally-scheduled final game for Friday was forfeited by Anderson Valley.

“We should make the playoffs,” RUP coach Alexica Bosque said. “I hope if we make it we get a good seed so we can make it past the first round.”

For Technology (4-6-2), in the midst of its inaugural season for all its athletic teams, it must win its final two games to even out its league record. On Wednesday, Technology hosts Upper Lake and on Friday they play at RVC to finish out the season.

“I’m really happy with a tie,” Technology coach Thomas Reeder said. “It was a well-fought game by both sides.”

Roseland took a quick 1-0 lead with a goal in the 5th minute. The Knights Emely Carreno headed in a 6-yarder in traffic in the goalie-box past Technology goalie Mary Agular. The entry-pass came off a corner kick served in by Esme Orozco.

“She (Emely) was marked, she just put a foot on it,” Bosque said.

“That was just a breakdown on our part,” Reeder said. “One tap (by Carreno) and in it goes.”

The Titans, however, rallied to tie the game 1-1 in the 30th minute as freshman attacker Allison Newhouse powered in a beautiful 22-yard top-shelf shot over the outstretched arms of RUP goalie Acacia Lara.

“She (Newhouse) has got good touch,” Reeder said. “She gets herself in good position. She’s very quick.”

“It was an excellent shot; she (Newhouse) just chipped it over our keeper. She is fast for her size,” Bosque said. “It was a breakdown at the midfield.”

Newhouse had several near-goals in the 32nd, 48th and 73rd minutes but was stopped each time by scrappy goalkeeper Lara.

Technology had one last shot to pull out the win in the 77th minute on a direct free kick at the top of the goalie box. The Titans Daniela Amezcua-Espinoza connected on a looping shot that was headed for the game-winner but Lara leapt and grabbed it at the last second to preserve the tie.

“Lara was phenomenal. She is fantastic and is always a game-saver,” Bosque said. “We have so much confidence in our backfield.”

With the field somewhat choppy from the rains, footing was at times precarious but both squads had to navigate the conditions. Bosque, however, said she thought her team had an edge.

“Playing at home is always an advantage because we know our own field,” she said.

In the teams’ previous meeting on the Titans’ home field, Technology prevailed 3-1.

“When we played them (Technology) the first time, we got caught off-guard,” Bosque said. “This time we knew what to expect and we were more prepared.”