It wasn’t long ago that Pasadena Poly dominated Prep League girls soccer and ruled the small schools in the CIF-Southern Section. But with Prep League foes Mayfield, Flintridge Prep, Westridge and 2005 league and CIF-SS Division IV champion Chadwick all capable of knocking off one another on any given afternoon, the race for the league title and the three precious playoff spots is heated. Chadwick (5-1-1), ranked No. 2 in Division IV, is still the league favorite, but Westridge (2-0-2) and No. 7 Flintridge Prep (3-0-1) are in the mix along with Mayfield (2-2-1) and Pasadena Poly (1-3-1). The Panthers, who won four consecutive CIF divisional titles from 1991-94 and three straight again from 2001-03, are now in danger of missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaThat shows how competitive the league has become, but the Panthers are showing signs of life after rallying from a 4-0 deficit to tie Westridge 4-4 on Tuesday behind three goals by Rose Parade princess Eliza Walper. It was a good tie for Poly considering that Westridge upset Chadwick 2-1 last week. Westridge, under first-year coach Jason Windass, took Chadwick to the wire last year, losing in a double-overtime quarterfinal to the eventual champion Dolphins. After beating the Dolphins last week, Windass likes his team’s chances. The Tigers have a talented freshman in Grace Birkenbeul to go along with sisters Annie and Kate Thorne and senior Imaan Issa. “Blowing a four-goal lead against Poly was disappointing, but we have high expectations for this team,” Windass said. “We finished second in league last year and Chadwick isn’t nearly as strong as it was. “At the same time, you have to be prepared for every game because the league is so wide open. But if we can win it and get to the playoffs, I like our chances after reaching the quarters last year.” Another team to keep close tabs on is Mayfield, under first-year coach Calum Torrie. The Cubs lost a 2-1 decision to South Pasadena, the Division IV’s top-ranked team, in a nonleague game. But they turned around and tied Westridge 2-2 and defeated Pasadena Poly on the road last week, 2-1. Senior midfielder Giena Korth and goalkeeper Devin Tanigewa have played well for the Cubs, but Torrie knows they need to keep improving if they want to make the playoffs. “You have five teams in this league playing for three playoff spots,” Torrie said. “You know it’s tough when the CIF champions (Chadwick) are taken to the wire in just about every league game. It’s like that for all of us.” Pasadena is looking for varsity and junior varsity softball coaches for the 2006 season. Those interested should contact athletic director Bob Beran at 626-798-8901, Ext. 355. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!