Greg McCorkle
The Sealth Seahawks were the victors in the annual Carne Asada Bowl soccer match that pits them against International High School.

SLIDESHOW: Seahawks win annual Carne Asada Bowl in a shoot out

International High School and Chief Sealth High School took the match down to the wire as they faced off in the annual Carne Asada soccer match on Friday May 3.

Three minutes into the first half Alexis Zarate got the Seahawks on the board on a crossing in front of the goal for a 1-0 lead. At the 28 minute mark Sealth would score again from a shot by Mid-fielder Eric Swensen.

International High players fought hard throughout the first half. They were faster than the Seahawks and had more shots on goal than Sealth but were hindered by having to try and score into a stiff wind from the north. That would change for International in the second half. Attacking the south goal International was able to use their speed to get the ball down field quickly and put pressure on coach Ron Johnsons squad.

The ability to get the ball over the defense quickly paid off in the twelfth minute of the second half on a goal by Ricardo Hernandez when he got behind the defender for an unobstructed shot. Hernandez would score less than two minutes later on a similar type of play to tie the game at two all with twenty five minutes left in regulation.

Sealth had some opportunities in the second half but they had the same issues the International did trying to score into the heavy wind and at the end of regulation the score was 2-2 bringing up the shoot out.

Both teams made shots and missed shots but with Sealth ahead five shots to four Internationals number 14 Brayan Navarrete placed the ball on the ten yard line to take his shot, he stepped back and did a little fake to his left and shot to the right, but Sealth goalie Giovanni Barrios didn’t bite on the fake and gathered in the ball for the winning save. Sealth won the match 7-6 and took home the 2013 Carne Asada Bowl Trophy.

Hats off to coach Ron Johnson on the win but also to International head coach Juan Carlos Torres for getting his squad prepared for the game- a heck of a nice guy. Everyone will be looking forward to next years match.

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