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A tale of Tologs triumph

In a championship season full of comebacks, the Sacred Heart soccer team pulled off one for the storybooks.

August 14, 2010|By Grant Gordon,
  • The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team celebrates its CIF playoff win over Saugus at Glendale Community College on Feb. 26.
The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team celebrates… (Roger Wilson, Glendale…)

The top 10 high school games from the 2009-10 season were selected by the sports writers of the Glendale News-Press.

1 Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer defeats Saugus, 3-2, Feb. 26, 2010:

"It's likely that few, if any, gathered at Sartoris Field on Friday afternoon gave Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's soccer team a chance with seemingly only 40 minutes left in its season.

Down two goals to the defending CIF champion — the very same team that had ended the Tologs' season a year prior — Sacred Heart had been dominated to a degree that had not occurred previously this season.

"All that was going through our minds was how are we gonna get through this," said Tologs sophomore forward Breeana Koemans.

And so it went that the stage was set for the Tologs to embark on a comeback that was borderline improbable, quite positively historic and all together amazing."


Grant Gordon

It was historic, it was dramatic, it was a comeback, it was steeped in circumstance and back story.

In more ways than one, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's 3-2 comeback win over Saugus in the CIF Southern Section Division II quarterfinals was a game and a story to be remembered.

Pitted against the division's defending champions, who had eliminated them a season earlier, Sacred Heart found itself down, 2-0, at halftime after having been outplayed to a degree that had never occurred before in the season.

"We were surprised to be down, 2-0, there's no question about that," Sacred Heart co-Coach Frank Pace said. "I think we were intimidated a little by them."

But at halftime, Pace and co-Coach Kathy Desmond decided to remain positive and reserved.

Junior defender Natalie Zeenni would have none of that.

"Zeenni then went crazy," Pace recalled. "She expressed exactly what Kathy and I were thinking."

The fiery speech paid immediate dividends, as the second half was all Tologs, with Jillian Jacobs cutting the score to 2-1 just five minutes in and Breeana Koemans adding the equalizer three minutes later.

Sacred Heart had pushed Zeenni up to midfield, the Tologs changed from three forwards to four and defenders Alexa Montgomery and Sarah Teegarden were symbolic of the team in going from first halves in which they were out of sorts to second halves in which they played like the All-CIF players they were.

"I would say [the team] came of age in that second half," Pace said. "I think they realized they were as good as anybody."

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