From Staff Reports
A historical perspective: Leave it to Frank Pace to draw a
parallel between one of the most important soccer matches of
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's season and one of the most
significant events in the history of international sporting
The Tologs allowed two goals in the first five minutes of their
Mission League match Jan. 31 at West Hills Chaminade, both after
questionable calls were made in favor of the Eagles, and wound up
suffering a 3-0 setback.
The first bone of contention came when defender Katrina Payne was
given a yellow card for jumping up and down while Cassidy Runyan was
attempting to deliver a corner kick.
Then, after Payne was substituted out, Chaminade failed to convert
on its first corner kick, only to be given another opportunity after
an inadvertent whistle, which Nasrin Pak capitalized on to head the
ball past goalkeeper Betsy McGovern.
A few minutes later, defender Natalie Hodge was knocked down,
prompting the Tolog co-coach to want to reinsert Payne into the
lineup. But the substitution wasn't allowed and Tina Lutizetti took
advantage of another corner kick to build a 2-0 lead.
So how did Pace assess the strange turn of events?
"The first five minutes looked like a replay of the '72 [Munich]
Olympics," he said.
Just in case a refresher course is needed, Pace was referencing
the end of the gold medal game between the Soviet Union and the
U.S., which has been called the most chaotic, confusing and
controversial ending in the history of international basketball.
The Soviets were given three chances to score in the final three
seconds and eventually scored a layup on the third try to post a
51-50 win, ending a 63-game winning streak for the U.S. in
Sorely needed: Glendale High boys' soccer player Luis Gonzalez
dabbled with chemistry Thursday. It wasn't germane to team chemistry.
Gonzalez missed Thursday's 1-1 tie with Pasadena after he
sustained a sprained left ankle Tuesday against Arcadia. Garbed in
street clothes, Gonzalez sat on the bench completing his chemistry
homework assignment prior to the contest.
The Nitros missed Gonzalez, who said he might return Tuesday
against Muir, which moved into first place Thursday with a 2-0 win
Goalkeeper in a pinch: With the loss of Lisa Friedman because of
a back injury, Flintridge Prep girls' Coach Tim Morphy had been
experimenting with a handful of different individuals to fill the
void, but none really stood out.
But the Rebels might have found their replacement in a 1-0 loss to
Pasadena Mayfield and a 3-1 setback to Pasadena Poly in reserve
forward Michelle Lin.
According to Morphy, Lin made numerous great saves in both matches
and will likely start in Saturday's nonleague contest at Ojai