"We played against a very well defensive team," said Flintridge Prep
assistant coach Rob Hamlyn, whose squad dropped to 0-5-3. "We need to get
over our psychological barrier of winning a game. Our intensity and
commitment was probably the best performance so far."
Rebel Coach Steve Oderkirk was unavailable at the match due to
Flintridge Prep will face Oakwood High at 3:00 p.m. today at the
Glendale Sports Complex.
The Minutemen's goal came in the 33rd minute on a defensive miscue by
Flintridge Prep senior stopper Mike Nijjar attempted a backward pass
to teammate Steven Westervelt, but Maranatha defender Garrett Noonan
stole the ball and broke away from Westervelt firing a shot past
Flintridge Prep goalkeeper Ben Watt from 20 yards.
"They stepped up when we had to," said Maranatha Coach Marcos
Pachalian, whose team improved to 2-4. "They were composured enough to
hold them. If we keep playing like this I think we could be CIF
Maranatha defeated the Rebels on Dec. 1, 2-1, for its only other
The Rebels missed a great opportunity in the 74th minute to tie the
match. Off a corner kick, Maranatha goalkeeper Scott Grover fell down
when he was hit by a Rebel defender. Flintridge Prep forward Sean Pramov
had a clear shot at the goal but Minutemen midfielder Justin Haws kicked
the ball away just before it crossed the line.