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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team's tourney hopes dashed by PKs

FSHA Tologs bested by rival Saugus Centurions on penalty kicks.

December 28, 2012|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Saugus' Avery Schulhofer, left, drives into Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's Lauren Savo as she dribbles.
Saugus' Avery Schulhofer, left, drives into Flintridge… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — There's been a respected and healthy rivalry that's developed the past several seasons between the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and Saugus High girls' soccer teams.

The Tologs and Centurions have crossed paths in the playoffs en route to winning CIF Southern Section championships. They’ve also proven adept at playing against each other at a high caliber in the regular season.

That proved to be the case Friday, when Saugus and Flintridge Sacred Heart met in the championship match of the Los Tacos Holiday Festival.

Saugus and Flintridge Sacred Heart swapped second-half goals before the Centurions bested the Tologs, 5-4, in an eight-round penalty-kick session at the Glendale Sports Complex.

“Saugus is a good team,” said Flintridge Sacred Heart first-year Coach Cesar Hidalgo, whose team reached the championship match earlier with a 1-0 victory against West Ranch in a Red Bracket contest. “It’s one of the best games that we’ve played, and it’s good motivation to move on.

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“I think we are where we want to be after 10 games.”

Saugus, which reached the title match with a 3-1 Green Bracket win against Pasadena earlier Friday, improved to 13-0. The Tologs are 8-0-2.

The Tologs, who have won the tournament three times and shared it once since the event’s inception in 2005, opened the scoring in the 58th minute. Krista Meaglia found Hanna Armendariz with a short pass before Armendariz beat Saugus goalkeeper Maddie Hebert.

Saugus, which won the Foothill League title last season, tested the Tologs a couple of times immediately after the goal. Saugus’ persistence paid dividends in the 63rd minute.

The Centurions tied it when Leah Eldridge followed up on a rebound after Flintridge Sacred Heart goalkeeper Dani Garcia made a diving save. The ball popped loose in front of several players before Eldridge found the loose ball on a slide tackle to knot it at 1.

“I got my foot on the first shot, and I had my hand on top of the ball on the rebound,” said Garcia, who finished with three saves and yielded one goal in four tournament matches. “She just came in and scored.”

In penalty kicks, Saugus shot first and converted on a goal by Alana Shaw before Kayla Mills tied it at 1.

Garcia stopped Angie Weiner in the second round before the Tologs took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Kendall Sandoval.

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