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Tologs tumble against archrival

Soccer: Despite an early 3-1 lead, Sacred Heart can't stave off Harvard-Westlake in 4-3 league loss.

January 25, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — From domination to devastation.

While Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy co-Coach Frank Pace was quick to point out that he didn't believe his Tologs were ever dominating host Harvard-Westlake, his team's two-goal, first-half lead certainly put it in a dominating position. And during a six-minute span with the match tied late in Monday's Mission League match, the Tologs had once again found their offensive groove and were firmly in control of the run of the game until it all swiftly slipped away.

In transition and on their heels, the Tologs defenders found themselves outnumbered during stoppage time and left Danielle Duhl wide open to put foot to a stifling 30-yard shot in the heart of the field that sent the Wolverines to a 4-3 win and hand Sacred Heart its first defeat of the season in the process.

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"The difference is they played 80 minutes," said Pace, whose team, ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 5 in the nation by ESPN Rise, fell to 12-1-1 and 4-1-1 in league. "We didn't get back on that last ball. That's just desire. That's just desire and hard work."

It was also the culmination of a monumental comeback for a Harvard-Westlake team (10-1-3, 3-1-1) that found itself down 1-0 after the fourth minute and 3-1 after the 17th minute.

Having roared back to tie the match, the Wolverines controlled much of the second half, only to see the Tologs once again flex their offensive muscle and skill during a six-minute span in which it appeared the home team would be lucky to escape with a tie. But then came a transition and a pinpoint blast from Duhl just less than a minute into extra time.

"That happens, that one mistake," said Tologs junior forward Breeana Koemans, who had a goal and an assist. "That one mistake messed it all up. [Harvard-Westlake] didn't make mistakes."

Junior forward Katie Johnson put the Tologs up early, scoring off a Kayla Mills assist in the fourth minute before Harvard-Westlake answered two minutes later on a free kick from the right side, roughly 25 yards out by Christine Kanoff to tie the match.

Then, keyed by the trio of Koemans, junior forward Jillian Jacobs and senior Natalie Zeenni, the reigning All-Area Player of the Year, the Tologs put their offensive firepower on display in a dazzling span.

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