For the second straight year, Lighthouse Christian Academy entered soccer playoffs — a decided break from a long past of never making post-season play.
But the Saints mechanics ran rough on Feb. 15 against delToledo High School, which dismissed LCA with a resounding 0-6 defeat.
For about a week, Lighthouse players were thinking their third-place standing in the league ruled them out of playoffs when they rather suddenly received the news they would get at least one more game to see far they advanced.
Highlights from the Feb. 15 game vs. delToledo High School.
The Saints season peaked in a shock defeat of last year’s league champs 2-1. In that game, players were passing, fighting and concentrating. The victory against Newbury Park culminated a winning streak of three and gave the Saints the intoxicating sensation of invincibility that lasted only a couple days.
The next game Jan. 27 against Einstein Academy brought LCA back to reality with a humbling 0-6 thrashing. The prior passing went up in smoke with predictable results.
The Saints finished league play 5-3. Against the better teams, LCA — which has 1-and-a-half club players — can compete when they play like a team linking up with passes. Individual juking runs don’t work. But would players listen to coach and stick with selflessness?
If only players in our Santa Monica Christian school would apply the Bible to the soccer field: It is better to give than to receive.
In some games, passing became so scarce that when finally a through-ball was sent, the intended player wasn’t expecting it and invariably reacted slowly.
The loss could be rued, but players took pride in how far they went in 2017.
“We had a very good season, much improved over last year,” said sophomore Justine Berry, who played keeper. “We’ve shown a lot of promise and most of our top players are freshmen and have three more years to play.”
Agreed freshman Levi Photenhauer: “It was a good year. I’m glad that we won a lot. We won because of effort.”