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Flintridge Prep girls' soccer thrown for a loss in 2nd round

Flintridge Prep Rebels' season comes to an end after Diamond Bar scores off throw-in.

February 19, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

LA CANADA — There was one brief departure from what was a defensive-oriented game in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division III girls' soccer playoffs at Flintridge Prep Tuesday.

Unfortunately for the Rebels, it was the Brahmas that enjoyed the respite, scoring the game's first and only goal in the 42nd minute off a long throw-in for the 1-0 victory.

The manner in which Diamond Bar scratched out the game's lone tally didn't surprised Prep Coach Esteban Chavez.

“I didn't know, but I thought if they scored it would be on a long throw because they're good at it, they're dangerous,” Chavez said. “We gave them way too many throw-ins because of the small field. … One out of 20 [long throws], it came down to that today.”

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A matter of seconds into the second half, Angela Schmidt heaved one of the Brahmas’ many deep throws into the Rebels' six-yard box. Diamond Bar's Tatum Lockett just got a head on the ball before Flintridge Prep goalkeeper Casey Cousineau (four saves) could get to it.

Lockett's header went up and over Prep's line of defense and Diamond Bar's Angie Puerta just beat a defender to the ball to bump it into the goal.

The one-goal hole loomed much larger for Flintridge Prep, which put together nine shots (seven on goal) in the game, on its compacted, rather sloppy on-campus field that didn't leave much room for offenses to operate.

While Prep's on-campus field may have limited it Tuesday, Chavez said there were no thoughts about playing at the Glendale Sports Complex, where it usually plays in the regular season.

“We like it here, we get our fans,” Chavez said. “If we go over there, nobody goes. … We like playing here, it's regulation.”

The Rebels (13-3-6) also had trouble holding possession throughout the contest and keeping the Brahmas (19-3-3) out of their half after giving up the goal.

“Because they were so direct, we were just clearing it,” Chavez said of the lack of offense. “When you clear it, it just goes anywhere. It just became one of those battles. When they scored on us, we had to be direct because there's no time to keep the ball. The girls did create two or three [chances], but just didn't catch.”

Chavez also took exception with the game's officiating, which made a few peculiar calls — whether it was on determining possession, yellow cards or free kicks — with Prep often on the unfortunate end of those decisions.

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