In a matter of hours Tuesday, four Foothill League girls soccer teams saw their fates swing in wildly different directions.
After playing an emotionally charged match earlier in the league season, the sequel between the Saugus and West Ranch girls soccer teams lived up to the original.
Kendall Moskal didn't realize it at the time, but there was more than a victory on the line when she stepped up to the penalty spot to take her team's final penalty kick against nationally ranked Flintridge Sacred Heart on Dec. 28.
When it was all said and done, players from both the Valencia and Saugus girls soccer teams looked as though they didn't know whether to smile or cry.
This sort of thing seems to run in the family.
The Trinity Classical Academy boys soccer team did everything but score a goal during the first 20 minutes against a rebuilding Westmark of Encino squad.
In its first game since taking sole possession of first place in the Foothill League, the West Ranch boys basketball team came out in the first quarter on Friday like a team determined not to look past last-place Golden Valley.
For 73 minutes on Tuesday, it was a cruel afternoon for the Hart girls soccer team.
Like most kids, Alex Pacheco would wake up in the morning, head off to school and return home.
It was a day of surprises on both the hardwood and the soccer pitch on Friday, as both Canyon's boys and girls basketball teams fell to Saugus.
To some, 0.8 seconds may not seem like a lot of time. But it was just enough to seal The Master's College to a heartbreaking 62-61 loss Saturday night at Bross Gym.
With his team locked in a tight contest with a Golden Valley team that it had beaten by 29 points earlier in the month, Valencia boys basketball's Troy Hammel saw an opportunity to right the ship.
The wait is finally over for the Golden Valley girls varsity soccer team.
Change may be on the horizon for CIF-Southern Section Northern Division football - and the Foothill League is pleased with the developments.
Serena Smith-Banas doesn't generally appear in the box score for the Saugus girls soccer team.