LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Despite the fact it was a consolation-bracket semifinal, Saturday night’s Ralph Brandt Tournament contest between St. Francis High and El Camino Real — a matchup of reigning CIF Southern California Regional champions — was a marquee matchup on paper.
The game wasn’t played on paper, but rather on the soaking wet turf of Friedman Field that was blanketed by rain throughout most of the 80-minute match — conditions which hindered the talented athletes on both sides at times, but couldn’t stop El Camino Real from posting a 3-0 victory on a trio of second-half goals.
“They canceled the rest of the [Ralph Brandt Tournament] games, but we called and [El Camino Real Coach] Dave [Hussey] was good enough to bring the guys here,” St. Francis Coach Glen Appels said in reference to championship-bracket semifinal matches, including one between Glendale and Burroughs, scheduled for Saturday night at La Cañada High that were canceled due to poor field conditions. “We were hoping this would be a championship-bracket game, it turned out to be a runner-up bracket game, but that’s the reason we play in tournaments. We need to play teams like this and I think we showed we can play with them, but we also showed we need a little more work before we can beat a good team like this.”