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Tologs get best of Falcons

Soccer: Flintridge Sacred Heart holds on for 1-0 nonleague win against rival Crescenta Valley at Glendale college.

December 09, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
(Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's soccer team was hardly overly dejected after its 1-0 victory over Crescenta Valley on Friday night at Glendale Community College.

But then again, the Tologs, ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN HS and the defending CIF Southern Section Division I champions, were hardly overjoyed, either.

"Definitely not upset, we came out with a win," said Tologs junior defender Sarah Teegarden, who was central in Sacred Heart (2-0) earning its second consecutive shutout to start the season. "But we need [to see] improvement."

In stark contrast, Crescenta Valley (1-3) came away with a loss, but a far more upbeat outlook.

"We obviously knew how good Sacred Heart was, we knew what we were facing," said second-year Coach Jorden Schulz, whose team lost to the Tologs, 3-0, in last season's meeting. "[The Falcons] came out strong, they came out ready.

"This was the best game we've played in the last two years. … Overall, I'm absolutely pleased."

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The difference came with just over 33 minutes gone in the first half, when Sacred Heart midfielder Breeana Koemans, a multiple-time All-Area and All-CIF standout, turned in a dazzling play, stopping, turning and letting fly on a beautiful 30-yard shot that ducked just under the crossbar and over Falcons goalie Jessi Magallon's head for the early game-winner.

"I took a shot and the keeper was off her line," said Koemans, who also had two goals in the Tologs' season-opening 5-0 win over Maranatha. "Just took a touch, picked up my head and took a shot."

For much of the match, though, the story was Sacred Heart possession and Crescenta Valley physicality.

"I think to beat a more skilled team, which [the Tologs] are, you have to be physical," Schulz said.

The Tologs, after an evenly played first eight minutes or so of the match, controlled possession for most of the match, but seemed to always come up one touch short on their opportunities.

"I think that's definitely a result of having those starters out," said Teegarden of the team being a bit off with five of its starters — Katie Johnson, Tera Trujillo, Krista Meaglia, Katelyn Almeida and Alexa Montgomery — on the bench for various reasons.

Meanwhile, the Falcons' physical play, which saw them garner a vast majority of the foul calls against them, also played a large part in the tempo of the match.

"We knew they were gonna be physical, but I think we were taken a bit aback by it," Teegarden said.

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