League champs ready for CIF quests

Girls' Soccer: Tologs get No. 3 seed as FSHA, Prep and CV all host first-rounders.

February 15, 2011|By Grant Gordon,

GLENDALE — Having already established themselves as Pacific League, Prep League and Mission League champions, respectively, Crescenta Valley High, Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy found out Monday afternoon how they will begin their paths toward claiming the greater goal of CIF championships.

The Tologs earned the No. 3 seed in the Division I playoffs and will host Foothill, while Crescenta Valley hosts Martin Luther King in a Division II first-round matchup and Flintridge Prep welcomes Diamond Bar in the Division III tournament. All matches are scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday.

"Obviously, there are no easy games in Division I," said Tologs co-Coach Frank Pace, whose team won the CIF Southern California Division III Regionals Championships last season after advancing to the semifinals of the Southern Section Division II tournament. "The Century League is a very well-respected league. They're in with Esperanza, who's the No. 2 seed. They're certainly not gonna be intimidated by us."


Sacred Heart (16-1-1), should it get past Foothill (10-10-2), the Century League's No. 4 squad, would face either Northwood or Aliso Niguel.

Pace is confident that his team, which boasts the likes of reigning All-Area Player of the Year Natalie Zeenni and the scoring tandem of Breeana Koemans and Katie Johnson, is experienced enough not to look past anyone.

"[Foothill is] gonna be a good first-round test for us, certainly one we can't take lightly," said Pace, who added his game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Occidental College. "Since we are tournament-tested, we have what it takes to play in a one-and-done situation.

"Success in the tournament doesn't come quickly, it's five grueling, hard-fought matches. But it can go away in 80 minutes and our kids know that."

For Crescenta Valley and Coach Jorden Schulz, they go in hosting an MLK squad (11-5-3) without too much to go on. Thus, Schulz said her team, which has been keyed all year by a Mallory Carcich and Dani Busta-led defense, will take the approach of worrying about playing its game and less what the opposition brings.

"I kinda always take the approach," said Schulz, whose team won its third straight league crown and sports a 12-4-4 record, "of if we play how we're supposed to play … then if someone beats us they deserve it cause we did everything we could."

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