By Walsh CARVALHO
The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team is already off to another good start this season, finishing its preseason tournament play and tying its league opener against Harvard-Westlake 1-1.
The line-up is predominately of freshman and sophomores and led by co-head coaches Frank Pace and Kathy Desmond (Desmond’s 16th season). The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Tologs finished pre-season 8-1-1.
Senior co-captains Danielle Molina and Dominique Oro, along with junior co-captain Natalie Zeenni, lead the young Tologs. “We will get strong leadership from our three upperclassman captains,” said Coach Pace of the three. “Zeenni and Oro were both all league players last year. We return seven starters from last year’s team [who] won the Mission league [title]. So there is some degree of familiarity between our girls.”
The Tologs played host Harvard-Westlake (3-0-1) last night to open up conference play.
The Tologs enter January on a five game winning streak in which they have scored 13 goals and allowed only two. Goalie Dominique Oro has formed a wall in the goal this season with 24 saves. The team captured the trophy at the recently completed Los Tacos Holiday Festival with a stunning 2-1 defeat of powerful Beckman High School of Irvine.
The team’s only defeat came on a last minute goal to the Bishop’s of La Jolla (9-2-1), San Diego’s number one ranked team.
The Tologs have been led offensively by sophomore Breeana Koemans. Jill Jacobs and Katie Johnson have combined for an additional nine goals. Defensively Katelyn Almeida, Alexa Montgomery and Sarah Teegarden have joined the three co-captains to become a formidable obstacle for opposing offenses. Lauren Torres, Alyssa Conti, Krista Meaglia, Hayley Mojica, Lindsey Espe and Erika Davidson have also made significant contributions to FSHA’s early season success.
The Tologs host their next game against the Chaminade Eagles (11-1-2), who also made it to the second round of Division II finals, Friday night at 5:15 p.m. at Glendale College.
Continuing a coaching style that he hopes will again yield strong results, Coach Pace was philosophical. “[Our] coaching approach is always the same: try to get 17 hearts beating as one. Both co-coach Desmond and I are very specific in our demands of the players. Good players respond to challenges and we have good players.”