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Holey goal dooms Flintridge Prep boys' soccer versus Poly

Soccer: Rebels put together late rally, but fall short in key Prep League road contest.

January 31, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Flintridge Prep's Daniel Enzminger falls to the ground kicking the ball against Pasadena Poly in a Prep League boys' soccer game at Poly on Friday. The Rebels lost, 3-2. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Flintridge Prep's Daniel Enzminger falls to the…

PASADENA — As if momentum and the scoreboard weren’t enough of an obstacle for the Flintridge Prep boys’ soccer team Friday afternoon, then a holey goal certainly sent the Rebels’ prospects spiraling.

Even so, visiting Flintridge Prep rallied for two second-half goals and came up just short of a monumental comeback versus Pasadena Poly, falling, 3-2, at Babcock Field in a meeting of the league’s last two undefeated squads.

PHOTOS: Despite second-half comeback, Flintridge Prep falls to Poly

The setback dropped Flintridge Prep’s record to 11-4-2 overall and 3-1-2 in league, while Poly improved to 8-3-4, 1-0-3.

“Poly played well and they got a hold of some momentum and that translated into three goals quickly,” Flintridge Prep Coach AJ Yates said. “What was it, three goals in the first 15 minutes of the [second] half? I know the group of guys I have and knew we were going to compete and we competed through the end of the game. We just came up a little short.”

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Friday’s match permanently changed in the 49th minute when a cross from Poly senior striker Ali Kamal was headed toward goal by junior halfback Dylan Hanel.

The shot passed by Rebels sophomore goalie Hamilton Evans (seven saves) into the corner of the goal as Hanel and his teammates celebrated.

Yet, the ball never touched any part of the net and was initially ruled a missed shot much to the disbelief of Panthers Coach Doug Jolly.

“I had a bad angle on it, but our fans and our athletic director, who had a good angle, said the ball went in,” Jolly said. “I called my player over immediately and asked him if it was a goal. If it wasn’t, we didn’t want that to count as a goal. He said it went in and I backed him up.”

After some discussion by both Yates and Jolly individually with the head referee and an inspection of the net, the official reversed his own call and ruled the shot went through a hole in the net and awarded a goal to the Panthers.

The score was a debilitating blow, as Kamal netted two mores goals (assists from Jack Queen and Ben Hubsch) within a seven-minute span in propelling the Panthers to a 3-0 lead by the 56th minute.

With seemingly everything against the Rebels, Flintridge Prep picked itself up from a 17-4 shots differential against it and started to press on offense.

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