LA CRESCENTA — A downpour wasn't going to cancel the annual cross-town rivalry game between the Crescenta Valley and La Cañada high girls' soccer teams, but lightning was a different story.
The nonleague game Thursday between the Falcons and Spartans at Crescenta Valley High was called off less than nine minutes into the action as lightning started flashing nearby. Referees suspended the action for 20 minutes to see if the lightning would clear up before making a decision.
Crescenta Valley Coach Jorden Schulz conferred with La Cañada Coach Louie Bilowitz and both agreed to postpone the game to sometime next week since Crescenta Valley's field doesn't have lights.
"By the time the game is over we'd be playing in the dark," Schulz said. "If we had lights we'd wait, but since we don't there's no point in waiting to play in the dark. Hopefully next week it clears up and we can play."