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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer tumbles against Alemany

Soccer: Tologs score first, but Warriors win, 3-1, on Wednesday at Occidental College.

January 29, 2014|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Valley Sun

LOS ANGELES — Before the season began, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team was upfront about its goal of finishing in the top three in the Mission League and earning a return trip to the postseason. At that same time, coach Cesar Hidalgo also conceded it was going to “be tough.”

The coach’s words have been prophetic.

On Wednesday at Occidental College’s Patterson Field, the going got even tougher, as Flintridge Sacred Heart scored first but could not hold the lead, falling, 3-1, to Alemany and putting the hopes of reaching the playoffs into serious jeopardy with four league contests to go.

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“Right now we have a very young team that need to learn how to play this game at this level. We are definitely not prepared,” Flintridge Sacred Heart Coach Cesar Hidalgo said. “We’re going to take it as it comes to see how the end of the next games are and hope for the best.”

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Flintridge Sacred Heart (8-6-2, 1-4-1) came out on the attack and grabbed an early lead when Dylan Harrow scored in the game’s sixth minute on the game’s first shot. The Tologs pushed the ball forward to freshman striker Nia Harris, who was met by multiple defenders and the Warriors goalkeeper. The ball then was propelled out of the grouping and Harrow snagged it with her foot. The sophomore took advantage of the retreating goalkeeper and sent a shot in the air over her head and into the back of the net.

“The goalie didn’t play smart enough and I just chipped it over her head,” Harrow said.

However, after the Harrow goal, the Tologs’ attack and ball possession waned, allowing Alemany (12-3-2, 4-2) to get going. The Warriors tied the game in the 13th minute on an extraordinary effort by Alemany winger Carisa Martine. The speedy senior carried the ball deep down the left side of the pitch, drawing three defenders before cutting back toward her own goal.

“You’ve got to have a little sense of how to play the game and be mentally prepared on how to be against faster players, even if they are small,” Hidalgo said of his team’s trouble containing Martine. “She was faster than everyone else.”

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