GLENDALE — Even after winning the program's first Southern California Division III Regional Championship title last season, there wasn't complete satisfaction.
Before winning the championship, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team let some opportunities elude its grasp. For starters, the Tologs finished second in the competitive Mission League while going undefeated and then marched to the CIF Southern Section Division II semifinals before falling in penalty kicks.
Most teams would have gladly traded spots with Sacred Heart. Then again, most teams aren't Sacred Heart.
"We finish second in league and go undefeated and then we lose to Beckman in penalty kicks," Sacred Heart co-Coach Frank Pace said. "Had we worked harder on penalty kicks in practice, then maybe we are not eliminated.
"We didn't become a very good team until we beat Saugus [in a quarterfinal match]. We have a long way to go to get back to that level. We don't feel we have any laurels to fall back on."