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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer rallies for thrilling win over La Salle

Soccer: Tologs score all three of their goals in second half for 3-2 victory in Los Tacos Holiday Festival.

December 27, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team celebrates it first goal to tie its match against La Salle in the Los Tacos Holiday Festival Tournament at the Glendale Sports Complex on Friday. The Tologs won, 3-2. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team celebrates…

GLENDALE — Outplayed for one half and abandoned before a previous match, it appeared Friday afternoon was going to be a long day for the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy girls’ soccer team.

Yet, for all the issues facing the host Tologs, they responded with grit to a halftime deficit versus La Salle in pool play action of the Los Tacos Holiday Festival.

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The Tologs outscored the Lancers by two goals in the second half of their match, which ended in a 3-2 Flintridge Sacred Heart victory at the Glendale Sports Complex.

The triumph coupled with a forfeit by Pasadena High earlier in the morning thrusts Flintridge Sacred Heart (6-1) into Saturday morning’s pool play finale versus West Ranch at 11:30 a.m. with an opportunity to advance to the tournament championship at 3:45 p.m.

“I think the forfeit was an advantage and disadvantage for us because we were rested, but we came out a little too lax and a little too confident. We thought La Salle was going to be tired since they played earlier in the day, but they outplayed us and we’re lucky they only scored one goal,” Tologs Coach Cesar Hidalgo said.

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“Coming into the second half, we knew we had to make some changes, get some offense and thankfully it worked out for us.”

La Salle (3-3-2) owned the first 40 minutes of play in leading Flintridge Sacred Heart, 1-0, at the half after having outshot the Tologs, 13-6.

The Tologs, however, responded by taking the lead thanks to the 1-2 punch of senior forward Micaela Snashall and freshman striker Nia Harris.

Snashall equalized the match in the 44th minute when she scored on what was the third attempt at goal after a deep throw-in had bounced inside the Lancers’ goal mouth.

Initially, Snashall had her first attempt punched out by Lancers goalie Sam Dier before a rebound attempt from Harris deflected off a defender right to Snashall, who flicked in a five-foot shot for the goal.

“The halftime talk was definitely a wake-up call, especially up top and in the back,” Snashall said. “We needed to pick it up and score some goals.”

Flintridge Sacred Heart then took its first lead nine minutes later when Snashall laced a through ball to a hard-charging Harris, who took possession about 30 yards from goal, dribbled for 15 more yards and then rocketed a goal into the lower right corner of the net for a score that gave the Tologs a 2-1 advantage.

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