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Poly puts down Prep

Soccer: Rebels boys' can't spoil Panthers' Prep League title plans, as Poly clinches a share.

February 09, 2012|By Andrew Shortall,

PASADENA — The fate of the Flintridge Prep boys' soccer team was already settled, but the Rebels had a chance to spoil the party and Prep League title dreams of Pasadena Poly Wednesday.

The Panthers came into the game in first place in the league standings and a win would at worst clinch them a share of the title with Chadwick, but a loss or tie would complicate matters.

Two defensive miscues committed deep in the Rebels' end wound up costing them dearly, as Poly pulled out a 3-1 victory and at least a share of league on its senior day at Babcock Field.


It was a much different result from the team's first meeting, when Prep defeated Poly at home, 2-0, on Jan. 17.

"I think we just did a better job of doing what we wanted to do," Poly Coach Doug Jolly said. "In both games we had a couple of letdowns they took advantage of them at their place and not here, and we finished here, we didn't score at their place."

Prep Coach Mathew Bowden, whose team finished tied for third in league, said the game was "well contested and well fought" again, but knew those two defensive mistakes were costly.

"That's the beauty of the game, things happen and you can't blame anyone or anything or any situation, it plays out over 80 minutes," Bowden said. "If there's a blemish, we'll take it as a team and move forward."

Brad Olson put the Panthers (11-5-2, 6-1 in league) out in front in the 55th minute, 2-1, when he scored on a long shot. Olson's goal came after a series of Poly shots, sparked by a deep throw-in that was sent out of Prep's box to the Panthers' JP Olinski, who lobbed a shot that bounced off the top crossbar and in front of the Rebels goalie before being headed back to him by another Panther.

Prep's goalie came out of the goal and threw the ball out, assuming the danger was over, but it went to Olson who fired a shot back on frame that just rolled past the keeper.

The Rebels (7-6-4, 4-4) mounted an attack in the last 10 minutes, getting two quality scoring chances off a free kick and corner kick. The corner, which came in the 75th minute, nearly tied the game back up at 2 as the corner from Prep's Manny Perez found the Rebels' Chris Wirthlin, who headed a shot at the near post but Poly's Hunter Palmentiero was right there and he kicked it away to safety.

"I was pretty surprised because you can be on the post all the time and never have it come to you," Palmentiero said. "I've been playing varsity for three years and never had it happened, but I am glad I was there."

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