It has been a long, long time since the Cape Coral Seahawks lost a boys' soccer game during regular season play. More than two years, in fact.
That lengthy win streak came to an end Saturday afternoon on Florida's east coast when the Seahawks lost to St. Thomas Aquinas 2-1.
The Seahawks trailed 2-0 when freshman Gianni Cognata scored a goal with 12 minutes remaining in the game. Junior Juan Alonso was credited with the assist on the goal.
"We had multiple chances to tie the game," said Seahawks coach Aldo Nardiello. "We just could not drive one home. I have no regrets putting our streak on the line against this team. They have a great program. Their trophy room is awesome, very intimidating seeing all the championships the school has won in all the sports."
Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Colazzo finished with 11 saves, several coming in the face of tough shots.
While the Seahawks are now 5-1 overall on the season, Aquinas is just 2-0.
"They've had some teams back out of playing them," said Nardiello. "They will come to our place next year and might make it a yearly thing. To be ready for high school soccer at the regional and state level you have to play better teams that make you pay for your mistakes. That's the way you learn."
The Seahawks travel to Estero on Monday.