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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer shuts out Glendale

Soccer: Basso tallies goal, assist as Tologs defeat Nitros, 3-0.

December 06, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Glendale News-Press
  • Flintridge Sacred Heart's Lindsey Pierson drives the ball past Glendale's Emily Fleischer and Jocelyn Carranza during a nonleague game at Occidental College on Friday. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Flintridge Sacred Heart's Lindsey Pierson drives…

LOS ANGELES — Both Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and Glendale High had started the new girls’ soccer season on the right foot, with wins in the opener for both schools. Now, as the Nitros faced off against the host Tologs at Occidental College, it was time to see what the next step would bring.

In the end, it was Flintridge Sacred Heart that took the bigger step forward, turning two late first-half goals into a 3-0 victory Friday evening on Patterson Field over a Nitros squad that stuck around but could not match the Tologs’ superior skill, pedigree and physical play.

PHOTOS: FSHA girls' soccer shuts out Glendale

“We started a little slow,” Tologs Coach Cesar Hidalgo said. “Since this is a new team we have to start putting all the pieces together. Once we find out who is playing where, I think we’re going to be picking up the pace a little bit.”

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Coming out with a defensive mindset from the opening whistle, the Nitros kept the game scoreless until the 34th minute.

That’s when Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy (2-0), which kept the majority of the action compressed into Glendale’s defensive third of the field throughout, saw its pressure pay off.

Senior Casey Basso collected the ball in space some 30 yards out from goal and blasted a shot that found the back of the net, sailing in just beneath the center of the crossbar.

“I didn’t even think it was going to go in,” Basso said. “You always shoot far post and when it didn’t completely go far post I thought it wasn’t going to go in, but it was a great goal.”

Just three minutes, later Basso followed her goal with an assist to Heather Turcios, one of the 13 underclass players on the varsity roster.

On a set play, Basso kicked a corner kick short to the sophomore at the top corner of the box. Turcios then uncorked a high, bending kick that dropped into the net at a sharp angle just out of reach of Nitros goalkeeper Crystal Rivera.

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