DOWNEY — A victory away from concluding a dream season, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team awoke too late to avoid a nightmare.
Stunned by the fleet feet of Oaks Christian striker Ally Courtnall, stalled by admitted oversight and further hindered by absences and injury, the Tologs fell short of repeating as champions in the CIF Southern California Division III Regional Championships, losing Saturday morning's final to Oaks Christian, 3-1, at Warren High.
"We underestimated them completely," said junior Tera Trujillo, who split time at defender and midfielder, scoring the Tologs' lone goal in the 67th minute as the only answer to the Lions' first-half scoring blitz. "We took it for granted that we were here."
Inside the game's first 18 minutes, which played out seemingly in the blink of an eye, the UCLA-bound Courtnall scored a pair of goals and assisted on another to propel the Lions (26-2-1) to their first-ever regional crown after having claimed the CIF Southern Section Division IV title.