LOS ANGELES — Two matches into Mission League competition and it’s been anything but easy for the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team.
Flintridge Sacred Heart, which won the league championship last season for the first time since 2011, has had moments where it has dominated, but has had problems shaking loose from its opponents.
Flintridge Sacred Heart came away with mixed results following a 2-2 home league tie against Marymount on Monday at Occidental College.
The Tologs (4-2-2, 0-0-2 in league) got an impressive effort from sophomore Madison Leroy, who scored early in the second half to give the Tologs a 2-1 lead. On the flip side, the Tologs gave up the tying goal on a penalty kick with about 10 minutes remaining.
“It’s been a crazy for couple of games in league for us,” said Flintridge Sacred Heart coach Mark Snashall, whose squad started league Friday with a 3-3 road tie against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. “You know going in that it’s a tough league and there are no easy games.
“We were not good enough today and we couldn’t break away. It was a penalty shot and you just don’t put your hands up inside the box.”
Marymount (4-6-1, 0-1-1) was awarded a penalty shot in the 70th minute when the ball struck a Flintridge Sacred Heart defender just inside the box.
Marymount’s Julia Rodriguez converted on a low shot past Flintridge Sacred Heart goalkeeper Natalie Slim.
Slim then made a diving save on a point-blank shot by Francesca DiGenova in the 73rd minute to preserve the tie.
Leroy gave the Tologs a 2-1 lead in the 47th minute, when she took a quick pass from Jillian Willis and beat Marymount goalkeeper Nathalie Martinez (12 saves).
“I’m just thinking that’s it’s time that we need to score and I got a great pass from Jillian,” Leroy said. “I got off a real good shot.
“It’s tough when you tie like that, but you have to learn from it and get ready for that next game. It’s definitely a very hard league.”
Marymount and Flintridge Sacred Heart traded first-half goals on seemingly identical shots from about 35 yards.
The Sailors, who won the Sunshine League title last season before being shifted to the Mission League, opened the scoring in the third minute on a shot by Mia Royer that struck the bottom of the crossbar and crossed the line.
The Tologs knotted the score at 1 in the 37th minute on a shot by Willis that went just under the crossbar.
Flintridge Sacred Heart finished with 14 shots on goal, compared to five by Marymount.
“That was a good game and one that could have gone either way,” Marymount coach Manu Appelius said. “They have a very good team and we were able to stay with them.
“It’s a good result for our team. It’s good to see that we can compete against top teams like Flintridge Sacred Heart and Harvard-Westlake.”