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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer blasts past South Pasadena, 4-1

FSHA Tologs get two goals from Sarah Teegarden in win over South Pasadena Tigers.

December 13, 2012|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • FSHA's senior midfielder Sarah Teegarden, left, scored two goals and finalized her future playing days at Wake Forest on the same day.
FSHA's senior midfielder Sarah Teegarden, left,… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

SOUTH PASADENA — Having held its three opponents scoreless through the first 220 minutes and change of the season, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team finally relinquished its first goal when South Pasadena's Jessica Moog went high on a penalty kick.

The reigning All-Area selection’s tally in the 69th minute, however, proved to be the lone blemish in an otherwise spotless night for the Tologs, as they’d long before iced a 4-1 nonleague victory at South Pasadena High on Wednesday evening.

“The chemistry was really good and I think the speed of play definitely improved,” said Tologs senior midfielder Sarah Teegarden, who had two goals on a day in which she finalized her future playing days at Wake Forest next year. “I think we got a rhythm very quickly, so that helped.”

A beautiful kick by senior Savannah Viola, off an assist from freshman Lauren Savo, began the scoring in the eighth minute when Viola broke along the right side, stopped short, juked inside and let loose on a left-footed shot that curved inside the far post.

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“I was pretty confident with my shot,” she said. “It’s something I’ve been working on since I was a little kid, shooting with my left foot.

“When I score the left-footed goals, it’s definitely exciting.”

Viola finished with the goal and two assists, coming on a throw-in and a pinpoint corner kick that was headed in by Teegarden in the first minute of the second half for a 3-0 lead.

Junior Casey Basso scored on a low kick inside the near post off Viola’s throw-in during the 33rd minute. Teegarden, off a feed from Miranda Saldivar, closed out the Tologs scoring when she drilled a straight-away shot from 25 yards out in the second half.

The win improved the Tologs to 3-0 and, though they’d previously defeated Maranatha, 5-0, the win over the Tigers (4-5) was, by all accounts, their most impressive thus far.

“We know our defense is gonna be good,” said first-year Tologs Coach Cesar Hidalgo, whose Kayla Mills-led defense allowed just three shots. “The first two games, our offense wasn’t as crisp. That’s one of the things we’ve been working on is we know our offense needs to get better.”

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