LA CRESCENTA — The game clock kept ticking for about a minute while the members of the Crescenta Valley High girls' soccer team stood on their sun-splashed field stunned that their season had concluded in a most unexpected way.
It came not long after a defensive breakdown led to the Falcons' 2-1 overtime loss to visiting Martin Luther King in a CIF Southern Section Division II first-round match on Thursday afternoon.
The Falcons, who won their third Pacific League championship in a row, squandered a 1-0 lead in the second half and couldn't stop the Wolves' late surge.
Courtney Schwartz scored the game-ending goal five minutes into overtime. Schwartz took a pass from Alyssa Montejo and got behind a Crescenta Valley defender before lifting her shot past Crescenta Valley goalkeeper Allie Woodward.
"We were confident going into overtime," said Crescenta Valley first-year Coach Jorden Schulz, whose team finished 12-5-4. "[We] played our best game of the year and our best first half of the year.