"If they don't play to their potential, I'm not happy. And they didn't," said Schulz, whose team locked up an insurmountable 33 league points to put itself in front of Burroughs (9-2-2 in league for 29 points) and Burbank (7-0-6 for 27 points) with just one league game left to play. "We won the game, which won us the title, but we're far from where we should be."
Goals by Sarah Worden, Sierra Rhoads and Jordan Royer came in an eight-minute span during the first half, giving the Falcons (12-3-4, 10-0-3) a more-than comfortable lead. The apparent downfall was it created a lackluster work rate for the champs.
"Since it happened like that, I think that's why a lot of us were laid back," said Falcons defender Dani Busta, who had an assist and helped key the shutout, as Glendale had just two shots. "We didn't play very well. I think a lot of us were expecting to have a little happier mood [after the game]."
It was the polar opposite for Glendale (3-11-4, 2-9-2 in league), which lost, but was happy with how it played.
"We kept it to three [goals] in one half and zero in another," said Glendale Coach Victor Aquino, whose team lost, 5-0, in its first meeting with the Falcons. "They were happy."
Aquino packed it in and left the Falcons offense with little space to work.
"At practice, I talked to them all about defense," said Aquino, who got nine saves from goalie Ashley Hermosillo and a stellar day defensively from Ashley Aquino. "What we worked on was pushing them to the wings and then, once we did that, stopping the crosses. … The whole idea was pushing them to the wing all day and they'll run out of space.
"If they had played like this every game, it would've been different [this season]."