*UPDATED 1:01 p.m.*– That was the scene at Glendale College. The rain was coming down and it was coming down hard. Flintridge Sacred Heart girls soccer coach Frank Pace called as I was making my way up to the field to say the game has been postponed until possibly February. Glendale College plays on an all-purpose turf field, but the fields are not draining fast enough and already there are puddles. Coaches from both teams talked it over and said it would not make sense to play the game in these conditions. And it begs the question: What will area soccer coaches do the rest of the week with heavy rain forecast the entire week?
In a little less than two hours, top-ranked Flintridge Sacred Heart (10-1-2) will take on fourth-ranked and CIF-SS Division 6 champion Alverno (8-3-1) at 1 p.m. at Glendale College. Someone in the office asked if they were going to play under these weather conditions, and the answer is yes, they will … rain or shine. The only game this nonleague showdown gets canceled or postponed is if there’s lightning, which I don’t remember the weather guys saying there would be, and they’re always right. Looking at Alverno’s schedule has me asking, what gives? Alverno has won its last three games by a combined score 44-0. My goodness, this is still soccer, right? I believe this topic was discussed a few threads ago, but it’s worth mentioning again. I know our buddy Steve Lesse gave his explanation: “Alverno’s coaching staff met with Holy Family Coach Calderon and Bishop Coach Delaney before and after both of our games and gave them the opportunity to dictate limitations to be placed on Alverno’s play. In both cases these coaches requested of Alverno that we ‘just play your game without limits put on our play.’ In fact, we do put a number of limits on play, bench starters, number of touches, number of passes and how a goal may be scored, but these limits are done in a way that is respectful to the other team.” Still, 17-0 over Bishop Conaty-Loretto, 14-0 over Holy Family and 13-0 over Sacred Heart of L.A. makes me weary. We’ll get a better answer later today.