GLENDALE — One team keeps its hopes alive, while another sees its hopes dashed.
With three matches remaining coming into Friday's Pacific League boys' soccer contest between Hoover High and Burbank, both squads were fighting for their playoff lives. Although the Bulldogs could absorb a loss and still be in contention for a postseason spot, the Tornadoes couldn't afford that luxury.
Knowing full well a loss would end their playoff quest; Hoover battled and held a lead against the visiting Bulldogs. However, Burbank came through with two goals in the second half — the winner coming in the final six minutes — to pull out a 2-1 victory.
With two games left next week and just 10 points in league, there is no way the Tornadoes (2-6-4 in league) can finish among the top four teams and earn a berth into the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
"It was a must-win for both teams, and in the end Burbank got the win," Hoover Coach Kevin Cadenas said. "We had our chances to score goals and we didn't; it's as simple as that.