Pomona’s strong season comes to end
POMONA – The Pomona High School girls soccer team had already made history going into Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division V second-round playoff match with Cerritos Valley Christian, having won the first playoff game in school and Valle Vista League history on Friday against Montebello. So while the Red Devils’ 3-0 loss to Valley Christian at Ganesha High School wasn’t how they wanted to follow up that victory, it allowed Pomona to take Tuesday’s loss with a grain of salt. “I knew this was going to be a tough game for us,” Pomona coach Robb Stephenson said. “95 percent of (Valley Christian’s) players play club ball, while this is pretty much it for our team. We were going up a level tonight.” Valley Christian (16-8-3) increases a level in the CIF playoffs, playing South Torrance on Thursday in the quarterfinals. The Crusaders came in with experience and height, things Stephenson thought intimidated the Red Devils (19-4-1) at the outset. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We were a little scared of their height and their speed but I thought we did a good job of battling,” Stephenson said. “As the game went on I thought we were becoming more and more comfortable out there.” Unfortunately for the Red Devils, the Crusaders were extremely comfortable hanging out on the Pomona half of the field. The majority of the action took place in Pomona’s end, as Pomona only had two shots in the second half toward goal, both of which went high. “We are an aggressive team and we try to put as much pressure on the opposition as possible,” Valley Christian coach Kim Looney said. “We knew we’d have to be patient but if we continued to attack, the goals would come.” The first Crusader goal came in the 30th minute, as Ashley Haagsma let loose a shot from 25 yards out that went through the hands of Pomona goalkeeper Jeanette Chamorro. Valley Christian added another goal in the 33rd minute, as Sarah McTigue unleashed a well-placed shot into the lower left hand corner of the goal.