PASADENA — Even with five of its returning starters from last year's CIF Southern Section Division I championship squad on the bench, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team still had enough firepower on the field to overwhelm host Maranatha Wednesday night.
Breeana Koemans scored two goals to lead a dominant all-around team effort in the Tologs' 5-0 nonleague win to kick off a season that likely won't see the team at full strength soon. Still, Sacred Heart, which entered ranked No. 1 in Division I and the nation by ESPN HS, showed that even at partial strength, it remains a power to be reckoned with.
"Right now, we're going to be 13 or 14 deep this year instead of 17 or 18 deep and that's fine," said Tologs co-Coach Frank Pace, who counts injured standouts Katie Johnson, Tera Trujillo and Krista Meaglia among those currently slated to be out for varying indeterminate lengths of time and was also without Katelyn Almeida and Alexa Montgonery on Wednesday. "We're blessed. We can't think about who we don't have, we're just pleased for who we do have."