By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
When two of the best defensive teams in junior college soccer get together, chances are, one goal will determine the winner.
That was what happened Saturday afternoon when Santa Rosa JC and visiting Foothill met in the third round of the CCCAA NorCal regional tournament.
Unfortunately for Santa Rosa, the visitors from Los Altos got the game’s lone goal and eliminated the Bear Cubs, 1-0.
The score came when two Brazilians hooked up with six minutes left on the clock.
The sequence began with Victor Bertoli controlling the ball on the end line. He quickly bounced it in the box where Nikolas Ferro was waiting.
“The ball jumped when it came to me,” Ferro said. “It was a half-volley and hit my knee. When it dropped to my foot, I kicked it in. I didn’t hit it solidly, but got enough on it that the goalie (Andrew Tepping) couldn’t get to it.
“Victor and I played together in Brazil going back 11 years. I knew right where he was going to cross the ball and just waited for it.”
Ferro and Bertoli are part of Foothill’s international roster that includes Swedish, Austria and French players.
This was the second time these schools played. On Sept. 17, after 90 minutes, the final score was 0-0.
Foothill has allowed the fewest goals of any team in the state, according to assistant coach Mike Sharabi. Late in the season, the Owls had a run where they allowed two goals in 11 games. The Bear Cubs had nine games in which they didn’t allow a goal.
Santa Rosa outshot Foothill, 12-7 and forced goalie Marcel Berghofer to make several difficult saves.
“He’s (Berghofer) an exceptional keeper,” Bear Cubs coach Marty Kinahan said after reviewing a tape of the contest. “In the second half alone, we had three good chances and he stopped each one.
“The guys were really emotional after the game. They didn’t want the season to end. It’s so disappointing because we felt we were a little better team. We just couldn’t put one in the goal.”
Santa Rosa, winner of the Big 8 Conference and the third seed in the NorCal Regionals, ends the season with a 12-4-6 record.
Foothill takes a 14-3-5 record into next weekend’s state finals.
Volleyball team loses in three
In second round CCCAA action Saturday night, unbeaten and No. 1 seed Cabrillo eliminated visiting SRJC in straight sets, 25-14, 25-18 and 25-15.
“We came out a little intimidated,” coach Caitlin Ferguson said. “We started playing better midway through the second set, but by that time we were in a hole.
“They had more depth than we did and that was evident late in the match.”
Megan Johnson led the Bear Cubs with 11 kills and nine digs. Melissa Manni had 24 assists while Bryce Gevas came up with nine digs.
Cabrillo advances with a 27-0 record. Santa Rosa finishes 14-12.