Late rally lifts Lancers

first_img“It was the worst feeling of my life,” Johnson said. “I couldn’t imagine ending our season like this.” Johnson returned as an attacking midfielder and wasted no time in getting the Lancers on the board. Sara Turcios slid a pass to Johnson in the penalty area with two defenders on her back. Johnson turned, squeezed past them, and rifled a right-footed shot inside the near post to tie the score 1-1 in the 67th minute. “That was just me wanting to score, and nothing was going to stop me,” Johnson said. Johnson’s game-winner came on a line-drive cross from Laura Hill, which Johnson chested down and finished in the 78th minute to keep the Lancers’ season alive. PASADENA – The visiting South Pasadena High School girls soccer team was clinging to a 1-0 lead and counting the minutes before its upset of No. 3-seeded La Salle in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs on Friday. But La Salle’s Kasey Johnson came to the Lancers’ rescue with everything but a cape on her back. The USC-bound senior scored two goals in the final 13 minutes to rally La Salle to a 2-1 victory and a second-round game on Tuesday against Lompoc at a site to be determined. Just minutes before the dramatic turnaround, Johnson became frustrated and let her temper get the best of her. She was issued a yellow card with 15 minutes left, forcing her to the bench with the Lancers in deep trouble. center_img “Trapping that ball was a struggle, but once I settled it, I finished it with everything I had,” Johnson said. “We all showed a lot of heart today. But for me personally, down a goal with 15 minutes left, something inside just clicked and I wanted it more than anything in the world.” The Tigers came with a determined effort, scoring on a set piece in the 32nd minute. Defender Ashley McKenzie sent a long free kick into the box and Aubrey Thurman got a head on it and crossed it to Aubree Gorman, who one-touched it for the 1-0 lead. The Tigers stayed in their defensive posture throughout and won nearly every 50-50 ball, but they couldn’t hang on. “I think our girls started to run out of gas,” Tigers coach Terry Cassidy said. “But they can look back and know they gave their heart and soul and had the No. 3-seed on their heels.” La Salle (22-2-1) outshot the Tigers (10-9-6) 22-7, but Lancers coach Sal Lopez was impressed with the Tigers’ effort. “They played a great game and were very organized in the back,” Lopez said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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