LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Senior midfielder Jessica Hanson tallied two
goals and an assist, including a breakaway tally in the 79th minute, but
the Tologs fell just short against defending Mission League champion
Chaminade in Thursday's match at home.
Hanson -- who is tied with Flintridge Prep freshman Coco Kleinert for
the area lead with 27 points -- scored in the 31st minute off an assist
from Erin Marshall to cut Chaminade's lead to 2-1, and then assisted on
Jackie Fisher's goal in the 54th minute to trim the deficit to 3-2.
Lindsey Weening and Tina Lutizetti gave Chaminade (14-5-1, 3-1-1 in league) an early 2-0 lead, with Nasrin Pak assisting on both goals. Pak
tallied the Eagles' third goal after heading in a corner kick in the 48th
Flintridge Sacred Heart (6-6-1, 1-3 in league) yielded the eventual
match-winning goal in the 62nd minute as Cassidy Runyan received a pass
from Corie Spencer and beat Tolog goalkeeper Nicole Yonai in the upper
right corner of the net.
And despite Hanson's late goal -- her 11th of the season -- Flintridge
Sacred Heart couldn't forge a tie.
"The toughest thing for a team is to learn how to win," said Tolog
co-Coach Frank Pace, whose squad dropped its fourth one-goal decision to
Chaminade in the teams' past five meetings.
"We play war after war after war in this league and continue to come
up short. But the tide is going to turn where we're going to win one of
these wars pretty soon."
Chaminade -- which has won CIF Southern Section titles four of the
past five years and league titles four of the past six -- was able to
rebound from a loss to league front-runner Harvard-Westlake and a tie
with Louisville to earn the victory, despite being without sweeper Meghan
Powers, who received a red card in the Eagles' previous match.
Flint. Sac. Hrt.*1*2*--*3
CHAMINADE -- Weening (Pak, 12th minute), Lutizetti (Pak, 24th minute),
Pak (Runyan, 48th minute), Runyan (Spencer, 62nd minute).
* Saves: Rodela 4.
FLINTRIDGE SACRED HEART -- Hanson (Marshall, 31st minute), Fisher
(Hanson, 54th minute), Hanson (79th minute).
* Saves: Yonai 9.