GLENDALE — The area's top-10 high school teams from the 2009-10 season were selected by the Glendale News-Press sports department.
1 Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer — If the Tologs hadn't advanced to the 2010 CIF Southern California Division III Regional Championships and won the whole thing, it's quite possible that they would still top this list.
Their Mission League title defense — which resulted in a second-place finish, despite the fact they never lost a match — and the ensuing thrill ride to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs provided a standard of excitement and excellence that few teams could match.
But, of course, Sacred Heart (22-1-4) did cap off the year with its first-ever Regionals crown, making the youthful squad's selection for team-of-the-year honors practically a slam dunk.
"It was terrific," Tologs co-Coach Frank Pace said of the winning the championship, 2-1, over Francis Parker at Warren High on March 12. "I think we might have felt we had underachieved if we hadn't won that state championship. Imagine saying that our fear would be underachieving, but we were undefeated in league and came in second, so there was that feeling of unfinished business.