The first half came and went without any goals and only a few scoring chances until both offenses exploded in the second half. La Cañada (3-4) came out on fire to start the second half, scoring two straight goals in two minutes. Although it put Crescenta Valley (2-3-1) down early, the Falcons were still able to scratch out the one-goal victory.
"They beat us and we lost it for ourselves," said La Cañada's Coach Louie Bilowitz. "We got disorganized in the second half and did a lot of experimenting with our formations. I told the girls before the game we were going to do that because that's what preseason is about."
Megan Siepler, a La Cañada forward, opened the scoring five minutes into the second half for the Spartans. Siepler sped past her defender to a well-played through ball, taking it one-on-one to Falcons' goalie Alexa Sasmita and fired it into the back of the net.
Two minutes later, Siepler was at it again. This time she was setting her teammate, Morgan Rittichier, up for an easy goal. On a corner kick, Siepler sent a ball in the box all the way to the far post where Ritticher was waiting. Rittichier knocked the ball in, giving the Spartans what looked like a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Sierra Rhoads, a Crescenta Valley forward, said she wasn't worried.
"We seem to be doing better when we're down because we work harder," Rhoads said. "I think that's when we play our best because we have something to play for."
She proved her point, scoring the Falcons' first goal of the game and second of the season. Rhoads ran the ball down into the box, firing it low across the goal and past La Cañada's diving goalie, Haley Austin, who finished with 12 saves.
"I was just hoping not to miss," Rhoads said.
The score shifted momentum to Crescenta Valley's side.