Point Loma started a little flat Tuesday, and it proved costly.
The third-seeded Pointers gave up a first-half goal and fell to No. 6 Pasadena 1-0 in the Southern California Regional Division III boys soccer quarterfinals at Point Loma.
“It’s a tough one,” Pointers coach Elliott Savitz said. “I think after the high of winning (the San Diego Section title) on Saturday, it took us 35 minutes to get back to our normal level.
“The boys put in a tremendous effort, even with maybe coming out a bit sluggish the first half. I still thought we did enough to get back in the game.”
After the Pointers failed to clear a 31st-minute corner kick, Pasadena senior Alexander Hernandez pounced on the loose ball in the Point Loma penalty area and buried it for the game’s only goal.
The Pointers (11-6-6) turned up the pressure, particularly in the second half, and created numerous chances but couldn’t find the equalizer.
“I don’t know — a little bit of luck, a little bit of tired legs,” Savitz said. “We just didn’t have that little something extra to make the difference.”
Despite the loss, Savitz deemed the Pointers’ season a success.
“It’s been 33 years since we won a CIF title in boys soccer, and we accomplished that goal,” Savitz said. “Overall, it’s been an excellent season.
“It’s hard to swallow this one, because I thought it was a fairly even game.”
The Bulldogs (20-1-3), the Pacific League champs and Southern Section Division III semifinalists, advanced to face No. 2 Canoga Park or No. 7 Santa Maria in the semifinals Thursday.
Division I: Host Cathedral Catholic defeated Downey Warren 2-1.
Division II: Visiting La Costa Canyon outscored top-seeded Fullerton Sunny Hills in penalty kicks after the teams tied 1-1.
Division III: Mission Hills eliminated host Chaffey 2-1.