LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Though the St. Francis High soccer team could do no better or worse than its second-place Mission League standing and the same went for the first-place Loyola Cubs, there was clearly no lack of motivation when the rivals collided in Wednesday evening's league finale between the teams.
"It was playoffs a week early, wasn't it?" said St. Francis Coach Glen Appels.
Played in front of a large and vocal Friedman Field crowd, the match was a see-saw physical affair that ultimately saw the Golden Knights run out of time in a valiant comeback attempt, as they fell to the Cubs, 4-3.
"What a great atmosphere for a soccer match," said Appels, who went out of his way to praise parents and the student body for showing up in droves for the match. "I'm disappointed we couldn't pull it out for them."