Ramona High School’s boys soccer team lost its three games in the Nautical Cup Tournament Dec. 29-30 in Oceanside, failing to score in any of the three losses.
“We played well in one,” said Coach Michael Jordan. “We were outmatched in probably the other two.”
Ramona played twice on Dec. 29. The morning game was against La Jolla Country Day.
“We played well, I’d say, the first 20 minutes of the game. We were really aggressive,” Jordan said. “We just controlled the possession.”
That success outside the scoring area didn’t translate into any goals, although a Chris Huber header went off the crossbar.
“I think we had the momentum with us, but just couldn’t do it,” Jordan said.
La Jolla Country Day took a 1-0 halftime lead courtesy of a penalty kick and sealed the 2-0 victory with a second-half goal on a counterattack.
Ramona’s second Dec. 29 game was against Servite, which was ranked third in Orange County.
“They were very, very good,” Jordan said. “They were deep as well.”
It took time for Servite to score against the Bulldogs.
“The first 20 minutes it was really close,” Jordan said.
Servite then scored twice for a 2-0 halftime lead and added two more goals in the second half for a 4-0 win.
“I think they just wore us down,” Jordan said.
Ramona’s Dec. 30 game was a 6-0 loss to Mira Mesa.
“Our heart wasn’t in it,” Jordan said. “We were lackluster and lethargic.”
The game against Mira Mesa was Ramona’s fourth shutout loss over a seven-game period and extended to eight the number of consecutive games in which Ramona has failed to score more than one goal.
“I’m a little bit scared of the dry spell for scoring,” Jordan said. “It’s almost like they push too hard. They’re taking too many chances.”
After the loss to Mira Mesa, Jordan called a Jan. 1 practice.
“The first 30 minutes of our practice was just dedicated to pulling our team together,” he said. “We tried to refocus them.”
The practice also included a scrimmage against Ramona’s junior varsity.
“We had a great practice. Spirits were high and the kids worked hard,” Jordan said.
The loss to Mira Mesa gave Ramona a 3-7-1 record entering Valley League play.
“We’re all 0-0 going into league,” Jordan said.
Ramona’s first league home game will take place today against Oceanside.