The girls' soccer team is upset in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs by Martin Luther King, 2-1. The Falcons take an early 1-0 lead when Bri Ismale scores off a Katie Callister assist, but the Falcons can't hold.
"I can't complain about the effort," said first-year Coach Jorden Schulz, whose team went 12-5-4 on the year. "We got a little unlucky and they drove harder at the end. They had a chance and they took it."
• Feb. 23 — Crescenta Valley comes within a goal of advancing to the CIF Southern Section Division V finals, falling to Temescal Canyon, 10-9, in the semifinals. Temescal Canyon takes its biggest lead of the game, 7-2, early in the third quarter, but the Falcons battle back.
"We just thought about it during halftime and we were like, we have to come back, and go as hard as we can and not give up," said Fraisse, who finishes with six goals. "We did our best and coming back up that much was very good for us."
After scoring on a man-advantage to bring Crescenta Valley back within four, Fraisse draws an ejection and a five-meter shot with 3:12 left in the third. She is blocked, but Fraisse relentlessly pursues the rebound, out hustling a pair of Titans to secure the ball and draw another ejection and five-meter in the process.
She buries that one to give the Falcons their first shot of momentum of the second half. The push continues in the fourth quarter when the Falcons' defense keeps the Titans scoreless for more than four minutes. Cho beats Medeiros with a shot into the upper left corner with 1:49 left for the Falcons' third unanswered goal, keeping hope alive for Crescenta Valley. The dramatic comeback is kept at bay moments later when Temescal Canyon scores a late, clinching goal.