Scott Kennedy scowled, shook his head and said “I guess you’re only as good as your last game.”
The coach of the Mission boys’ soccer team may want to amend the end of that quote to “your last 10 minutes” after he has more time to think about Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Oakland Tech in the first game of the Transbay Series. The Bears (17-9-4) led 1-0 late in the second half, but surrendered three goals in the final eight minutes to suffer the loss. Game 2 will take place Thursday at 3 p.m. at Boxer Stadium, with the third game to be played Friday back at Oakland Tech if necessary.
“We had a day off yesterday and we just looked flat,” Kennedy said of the matchup between San Francisco and Oakland champs. “We couldn’t get it going.”
Mission actually seemed to be in control throughout the second half, taking the lead when Edgar Gomez-Carreto beat Bulldogs goalie Cody Nice to a loose ball outside the penalty box and slotted a bad-angle shot off a defender and into the goal in the 49th minute. And for more than 20 minutes, that score looked like it would hold up as the Mission defense didn’t allow Tech (12-4-1) a shot on goal in the first 30 minutes of the second half.
But Nick Wolf moved up from fullback to the midfield for the Bulldogs and helped create the equalizing goal when he won a ball down the left wing and crossed a pass that Iskander Ararso hammered home in the 72nd minute. Ararso then scored the game-winner just six minutes later, heading in a high pass from George Dick to give Tech a 2-1 lead. Japhinma Power iced it in the 80th minute when he scored on another cross from Dick.
“Our total attitude changed in about the last 25 minutes,” Bulldogs coach Carlos Bover said. “We just had to believe that we could go through them and that we were the better team.” Oakland Tech 3, Mission 1
» GAME 1: Oakland Tech 3, Mission 1
» GAME 2: Oakland Tech at Mission, 3 p.m. (Boxer Stadium)
» GAME 3: Mission at Oakland Tech, 3 p.m.*
* If necessary