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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer runs out of time

Soccer: Tologs surrender late goal in falling to Royal, 1-0, in Los Tacos Festival third-place game.

December 28, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Seconds away from a berth into the Los Tacos Holiday Festival championship match and minutes from a scoreless tie in the tournament’s third-place game, timing proved everything for the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team.

The Tologs, who were nipped in penalty kicks of the tournament semifinal contest Saturday morning, were unable to find solace in the festival’s third-place match later that afternoon, surrendering a late goal and falling to Royal High, 1-0, at the Glendale Sports Complex.

“I think it was a good game and it could have gone either way. We learned a lot from this tournament even though we didn’t do as well as we thought we could,” Tologs Coach Cesar Hidalgo said. “Overall, we played very well in the back and we lost on a bad call. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.”

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Hidalgo was referring to a penalty called against Tologs sophomore defender Lauren Savo in the 56th minute of a 60-minute contest when the fullback appeared to cleanly slide-tackle possession away from Royal sophomore halfback Jamie Viquelia about 10 yards for goal.

Much to chagrin of both Savo and Hidalgo, a foul was called and a penalty shot was awarded to Royal (5-3-3), which was taken by senior defender Jackie Albers.

“It was a fair tackle I think, but [the official] called it, so whatever,” Savo said. “It was so late in the game that you can’t fight that. I did what I had to do and it ended like that, which is unfortunate. You just have to roll with the punches.”

Albers fired a shot to the right of Tologs goalie Dani Garcia, who guessed correctly on her dive attempt but was a split second and a foot too short on her stop attempt, which rattled in for the match’s lone goal.

“I just had to push a little farther and a little harder to the right side. I’ve been taught to watch the ball, see where it goes and then react and not guess,” said Garcia, who finished with six saves. “PK’s are 50-50, you never know.”

The goal was both a match-winner and debilitated the Tologs, who didn’t fire another shot in the final few minutes of the contest after coming close to breaking the stalemate only minutes earlier.

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