Boys Soccer: Big games today. I’ll be live from Loyola to catch St. Francis compete for a chance at Mission League championship; La Salle in Del Rey and Bosco Tech in Camino Real leagues looking to finish season with exclamation mark, too.

I’ll be the first to admit I have not caught as much soccer as I would have wanted to this season, and it’s really a shame with all the good talent throughout our side of town. I’ve been such a stranger to the sport this season that St. Francis coach Glen Appels said “Are you lost?” when I dropped in unannounced to one of his practices while on my way to a Muir-Crescenta Valley basketball game. It’s a complete 180 turn from when I spoke with Appels almost on a weekly basis last year. Nevertheless, any chance I have had to hit the pitch I’ve enjoyed the soccer very much, and the same goes for girls soccer. Pasadena’s boys soccer team has a lot of raw talent and great upside. I caught La Salle earlier this week and was really impressed with their play. Their attack is fluid and non-stop. I’ll be live from Loyola today where the Cubs will host rival St. Francis. It’s simple, if the Golden Knights win they clinch a share of the tough Mission League title and head into Division I playoff action with some serious momentum. St. Francis tied Loyola in the first meeting, a surging comeback by the Golden Knights to continue their strong play in league play. La Salle will try to clinch its first league title since 2006 when it visits St. Paul today. The Swordsmen are struggling this season, so the Lancers should come away with a good result, provided they don’t enter the game too confident. Bosco Tech is 7-0-2 in league and looks to complete the sweep at home today. I’ll try to update you with these scores later today.

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