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Rebels take top spot

Soccer: Elby scores twice to aid Prep's 3-2 win, ascension to first place.

February 02, 2011|By Grant Gordon,
  • Flintridge Prep's Brooke Elby, right, battles for the ball .
Flintridge Prep's Brooke Elby, right, battles… (Raul Roa, Glendale…)

PASADENA — Firmly entrenched in a chase for first place and a repeat as Prep League champions, the Flintridge Prep girls' soccer team's title hopes remained intact on Tuesday afternoon.

Sustaining a lackluster first half, before showcasing their offensive might in the second half, the Rebels saw standout senior forward Brooke Elby score twice and tally an assist, as Prep fended off Mayfield, 3-2, at Jackie Robinson Park.

"We're in a good position and we can't give that up," said Elby, whose performance led the Rebels to improving their record to 13-3-2 overall and 5-1-1 in league to move them into first place with a point advantage over an idle Pasadena Poly. "We're the team that everyone wants to get. There's definitely pressure on us. Being on top, everyone wants to get you."

Mayfield (5-6-3, 2-3-2) had gotten to Prep once before in a nonleague tournament matchup, but the Rebels, who were short-handed in the teams' first encounter, swept the league series to emerge with 11 points, while Poly, which will play Chadwick in a pivotal match today, sits at 4-1-2 with 10 points.


All of the match's goals came in the final 40 minutes, with Elby scoring in the 43rd minute and again in the 65th minute, just a minute after Mayfield had tied the match on a penalty kick. The quick rebound by the Rebels proved to be a turning point.

"The one thing I was happy about is," said Rebels Coach Esteban Chavez, "it wasn't beautiful soccer, but we got scored on on a gift and we answered right back. That killed [Mayfield]."

Still, it was Kaitlyn Kelleher's tally off an Elby corner kick that gave the Rebels a 3-1 lead and proved to be the game-winner, as Mayfield struck on a corner kick during the first minute of injury time.

A first-half lull and some controversial officiating proved to be the two largest problems for the Rebels.

Chavez and his staff took exception to the game-tying penalty kick by Elena Buckley, as they maintained that the infraction was just outside the goal box and that earlier in the match the head official had waved off at least two handballs and told the players to play on. When Buckley's corner was converted by Emily Balfour for Mayfield's second goal, Rebels goalie Casey Cousineau had been interfered with before the kick and was on the ground after the goal due to contact.

"He was really inconsistent," said Chavez of the lead official.

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