In a tight game against a defending state champion, the Key West High boys soccer team lost to Ransom Everglades, 1-0, Saturday morning in Miami.
It was the first loss of the season for the 3-1-1 Conchs, who left Key West at 6 on a chartered bus and got to Ransom an hour before the 11 o’clock kickoff.
“It was a beautiful game that could have gone either way,” said Key West coach Marc Pierre. “We made one mistake in the back and it cost us the game.”
The Raiders, who defeated the Conchs, 4-0, in the regional quarterfinals last season scored their goal with 35 minutes left in the second half when a Raider broke free and had a one-on-one against keeper Jacob Elomina.
“Jacob came out and cut down the angles, but the kid made a good finish,” Pierre said. “Jacob had a fantastic game. He put a lot of pressure on their forwards.”
The Conchs had several scoring chances, but Ransom had more one-on-on opportunities. “They used two keepers and both made game-changing saves,” Pierre said.
One came against Danny Kearney and another, late in the game, came against a header by Bidieu Noel, who had taken a perfect cross from Guylberson Camille.
The game was ;played on artificial turf, which Key West is not accustomed to. “It made passing difficult,” Pierre said. “Our passing and ball control were not what I like them to be.”
It was the fourth shutout for Ransom, which improved to 6-1.
The Conchs will play Keys Gate at 3:30 Thursday in Homestead, right after a girls game between the two schools.