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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer shut out by rival

Two goals in two minutes lead to 3-0 loss for FSHA Tologs against Harvard-Westlake.

January 14, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — For the first 30 minutes of Monday evening's pivotal Mission League match between the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team and host Harvard-Westlake, the teams went back and forth to the tune of a scoreless stalemate.

But over the last 10 minutes of the opening half, the Wolverines took a decisive edge and a two-goal blitz in a two-minute span turned the match for good, as Harvard-Westlake handed the Tologs their first loss of the season with a 3-0 victory.

“I think we lost our focus a few times in the last 10 minutes,” Tologs Coach Cesar Hidalgo said. “We’ve done that before this season and it’s something we’ve been working on.

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“[The Wolverines] capitalized on their opportunities.”

Any previous opportunities for Harvard-Westlake (11-1-3, 3-0-1 in league), which is ranked third in the latest CIF Southern Section Division I poll, came one last touch short of producing goals, much less shots, before a scrum in front of the Tologs net in the 38th minute saw Catherine Gores swing a pass left to Courtney O’Brien, who had a golden opportunity that she put away with an open, low shot for a 1-0 lead.

The Wolverines sprang for more against a noticeably depleted Tologs squad (10-1-2, 2-1), scoring just a minute later when MacKenzie Howe crossed to a wide-open Gores, who drilled home a 2-0 lead just a few ticks before halftime.

“After that first goal, we definitely put our heads down right away and they took advantage of that,” Tologs junior Laura Thompson said.

It was the sixth straight shutout for Harvard-Westlake, which has never lost to Sacred Heart at home. It was also a season-high in goals allowed for the Tologs, ranked 10th in the division.

“We just weren’t up to par today,” Thompson said. “I think if we would’ve come out stronger and more mentally tough, we could’ve come back.”

Thompson did lead a bit of a comeback attempt in the second half, notching her team’s first three second-half shots. But for as good as Harvard-Westlake was on the day, Sacred Heart was just as unlucky.

Three phenomenal chances went awry for the Tologs in the second half.

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