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By Seth Amitin | August 14, 2009
After a lengthy process, La Cañada High has found its new boys? soccer coach in LAFC Chelsea boys? U12 coach Barry Ritson. Ritson, who has coached with the Los Angeles Futbol Club for five years now, was hired last month to take over for former coach Jordan Jones, who left for personal reasons. The Newcastle, England, native is currently the LAFC Chelsea 12-and-under boys? team coach, which has been ranked No. 1 nationally since winning both the Cal and Cerritos memorial cups in late May. In addition, Ritson has been the assistant director of coaching with LAFC Chelsea and has worked in the US Development Academy for years.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | January 8, 2014
PASADENA - A second-half scoring spree doomed the Flintridge Prep girls' soccer team in Wednesday afternoon's Prep League opener at defending league champion Pasadena Poly. While the Rebels confounded and shut out the CIF Southern Section Division III top-ranked Panthers for more than a half of action, the last 30 minutes proved difficult for Flintridge Prep, as Poly broke through for a 3-0 win at Babcock Field. “The unorthodox [defensive] system that we play seems to work for the girls, but when you have someone like [Panthers striker]
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | February 12, 2013
In need of a goal, the La Cañada High girls' soccer team turned to Kara Lankey - something it's grown accustomed to doing all season. The Spartans' captain put her team on the board in the second half, cutting into a two-goal deficit La Cañada found itself behind in its CIF Southern Section Division V wild-card game at Nipomo High on Tuesday. “Kara is a good leader and the girls look to her for support and guidance,” La Cañada High Assistant Coach Anya Rosen said. “That's what she brought today.” It wasn't enough, though.
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December 14, 2006
The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy varsity soccer team has had little trouble with its last two opponents. In a nonleague contest last Thursday, the Tologs blanked visiting Sierra Madre, 7-0, to improve to 3-1. Sacred Heart scored four goals in the first half and three goals in the second half. Lisa Shaw punched in two goals with assists by Heather Riley and Pip Harrigan. Sirah Alacorn also scored two goals with assists by Riley and Cammie West. Carly Crowder also scored two goals with assists by Shaw and Riley.
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December 7, 2006
The St. Francis varsity soccer team not only won its season opener last Thursday, but also captured its first match in the Ralph Brandt Tournament. The Golden Knights defeated Glendale Hoover, 4-2, in tournament pool play at Friedman Field. They hosted Thousand Oaks in preseason play yesterday (Wednesday). Hoover was the first team to score in the first half, but St. Francis tied the contest at 1-1 on a shot by junior midfielder Joe Franco. The Golden Knights went ahead 2-1 in the 34th minute on a goal by junior forward Nick Posthuma with an assist by sophomore midfielder G.P. Gonzalez.
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By Seth Amitin | February 7, 2008
Strike up another win for the La Cañada girl’s soccer team, as the Lady Spartans used some fancy footwork and solid ball movement Tuesday to beat second place San Marino at home, 5-0, for another Rio Hondo conference win. La Cañada (16-3-0, 8-0) dominated up and down the field, giving up virtually no opportunities and keeping the ball in the offensive zone. San Marino (10-5-3, 5-3-1) got two shots in the game, both of which weren’t threatening. Forward and team captain Nancy Avesyan scored a hat trick, scoring the third one from inside the box on a pass from a free kick by Janelle Rotenberg.
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December 8, 2005
The La Cañada boys' varsity soccer team blanked Pasadena Poly, 3-0, in the opening round of the 14th annual Ralph Brandt Tournament last Thursday at home. The 1-0 Spartans continued play in the tournament last Friday through Saturday and hosted Crescenta Valley in a nonleague match on Tuesday, but no results were available at press time. La Cañada will host Arcadia in a nonleague contest today (Thursday) at 3:30 p.m., will continue participation in the Brandt Tournament tomorrow (Friday)
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February 24, 2005
The St. Francis varsity soccer team scored a 2-1 win over visiting Santa Ana Foothill last Saturday in CIF-Southern Section Division II First Round action. The Golden Knights, who improved to 19-5-2 overall, traveled to Riverside Martin Luther King yesterday (Wednesday) for a quarterfinals match. Results were not available at press time. St. Francis scored the first goal of the match in the 35th minute on a kick by J.P. Thies, with an assist by Jeff Buddenbohn. The Golden Knights went up 2-0 eight minutes later when Jason Castillo scored, with an assist by Buddenbohn.
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December 8, 2005
The Cesar Hildalgo Elite Skills Soccer Camp, a full day camp for both boys and girls, will be offered Dec. 19th to 22nd, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, at the Glendale Sports Complex, on Fern Lane in Glendale. The fee for the camp is $210 per child. A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required for each child per camp. Balance is due on the first day of camp. A 10 percent discount for immediate family members who also attend the camp will be available. Lunch will be provided every day The theme of the camp is total soccer development.
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June 3, 2004
Don Sheppard's club soccer team, the Flyers AUSC Cougars, a boys under 12 team, won the Coast League Spring Cup Championship, in the "A" Flight. The score was 1-1 in regulation play but the Cougars prevailed in the penalty kick shootout. The Cougars' goalkeeper, Jose Cano, came up with two big saves during the shootout, but when Lyudvig Berberyan's kick hit the back of the net with the match-winning penalty kick, pandemonium erupted on the field. The Cougars joyfully celebrated the win on their home field, the new LCHS field, knowing they had just beaten one of the very best teams in Southern California, the South Bay Force.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
Every high school team has high hopes before the season - some realistic, some maybe not so much. Every high school player has those hopes as well. La Cañada High junior soccer player Megan Decker was no different and neither were her Spartans. But Decker and her teammates had no prognostications of making school history. “All of us definitely wanted to win league,” Decker recalls. “From the beginning of the season, we knew we were a good team, but I don't know if we thought we were get-to-CIF good.” But for the first time in program history, the La Cañada High girls' soccer team was that good.
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From Staff Reports | April 16, 2014
Casey Basso, Senior, Midfielder/Forward, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Though the Tologs struggled, Basso still shined as an All-Mission League first-team pick who had six goals and three assists. Katrina Davis, Senior, Defender, La Cañada All-Rio Hondo League first-team pick had three goals and five assists, but was more impactful as a crucial component for a Spartans defense that was a driving force in winning a league title and advancing to the CIF Southern Section Division V title game.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | March 15, 2014
A banner season for the La Cañada High girls' soccer team included a near sweep of the recently released Rio Hondo League awards. The league-champion Spartans claimed the league's player of the year honor, along with the most valuable defensive player and most valuable goalie award. "If you look at our history, this is one of the greatest years, if not the greatest," Spartans Coach Louie Bilowitz said. "We advanced to the our first-ever championship and came within a goal of going undefeated.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | March 8, 2014
CORONA - Throughout the perfect run of the La Cañada High girls' soccer team this season, perhaps the most overlooked aspect of the squad's success was its defense. Certainly, the numbers were difficult to ignore. A unit that lacked glamour made up that for that deficiency in grit en route to a 22-0-1 record heading into Saturday's CIF Southern Section Division V championships at Corona High versus upstart St. Margaret's. Of the Spartans' 22 victories, 15 came via shutouts, while the team allowed a total of 10 goals this season.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | March 8, 2014
CORONA - A handball call in the 97th minute within a second overtime session and a penalty-kick goal seconds later ended a perfect season for the La Cañada High girls' soccer team by quite imperfect means. St. Margaret's senior defender Alexa Barbaresi converted a penalty kick into the far left of the net past a diving attempt by Spartans sophomore goalie Kaitlyn Corral in the 98th minute for the golden goal game-winner as the Tartans defeated La Cañada, 1-0, in overtime of the CIF Southern Section Division V championships at Corona High on Saturday afternoon.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
From a nerve-wracking marathon penalty-kick session to recording shutouts, it's been a dramatic and historic postseason run for the La Cañada High girls' soccer team. Ultimately, it has been one that's landed the Spartans in the program's first CIF Southern Section championship match. Third-seeded La Cañada (22-0-1) will look to top off its impressive playoff run when it meets St. Margaret's (11-10-6) in the Division V title match at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Corona High. “My focus has been more on my players enjoying this experience,” said La Cañada Coach Louie Bilowitz, who has plenty of championship pedigree after he previously guided the school's boys' soccer team to three CIF titles from 1989-96.
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By Emin Avakian, Special to the Valley Sun | February 26, 2014
LA CAÑADA - In the 59th minute of its biggest game to date, pitted against what proved to be one of the more formidable opponents of the season, the La Cañada High girls' soccer team broke a scoreless tie and prompted cheers from the Spartans faithful for the first time of an, at-times, nervous afternoon. PHOTOS: La Cañada vs. California CIF second round girls' soccer The 67th minute saw the Spartans tack on a second score and all but seal a victory in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs versus the visiting California Condors.
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