LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Simply put, Tuesday afternoon's CIF Southern Section Division III second-round match between the Flintridge Prep and Cypress High girls' soccer teams featured a little bit of everything.
Most of it didn't surprise Flintridge Prep, which got a goal early in the second half from sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Kelleher off a corner kick by Brooke Elby to record a 2-1 victory.
In a contest that included plenty of physical play and a 25-minute delay after a Cypress player suffered what appeared to be a head injury, the Rebels (18-3-2) were caught off guard after Flintridge Prep goalkeeper Casey Cousineau and Cypress forward Hailey Griffith collided inside the goal box while going for a loose ball in the 43rd minute.
Griffith landed on the ground and stayed there until paramedics came and treated her for what Cypress Coach Nicole Woiemberghe said appeared to be a "head contusion."
Once the medics treated Griffith and took her to a nearby hospital, the officials huddled together and awarded Cypress (17-8) with a penalty shot and Cousineau a yellow card. With Cousineau forced to sit out the penalty kick and reserve goalkeeper Samantha Harper suddenly called on to keep Flintridge Prep's season alive, Cypress' Sam Rice fired a shot over the crossbar to keep the match knotted at 1.