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As the final whistle blew, the Palmdale boys soccer team knew it had held on with an important Golden League victory Friday to take over sole possession of first place.
Despite playing down a man in the second half, Littlerock constantly pressured the Falcons' defense.
But in the end, Palmdale did just enough for a 1-0 victory over the visiting Lobos.
Littlerock was forced to play the second half with 10 players on the field as senior Sergio Ayon was given a red card in the 39th minute as referees ruled he allegedly kicked the Falcons' Oscar Torres in the face.
Torres got up from the play and was awarded a penalty kick less than a minute later.
The senior midfielder slipped a low shot inside the left post for his 17th goal of the season with 15seconds left in the first half.
"All I was thinking was I had to make it," Torres said. "This match was for first place and I had to come through for my team. We were playing both counter and possess the ball. We had our chances, but (Littlerock) were countering on us even though they were down a man. They were doing good with less."
Littlerock (10-4-2, 4-2) finished with 13 shots while holding Palmdale (15-2-2, 5-0-1) to seven, including two in the first half.
Ruben Alvarez created some scoring chances for the Lobos in the second half but was not able to convert.
The senior midfielder missed a shot wide right from the top of the box in the 46th, had a shot blocked from the left side of the box in the 60th minute and hit the left post after dribbling around two defenders in the 63rd minute.
"I wasn't frustrated I had missed those shots," Alvarez said. "I was happy I was taking chances. I was hoping I would get a chance to score. It is what it is and there's nothing I can do about it now. I am happy with the way we played. We're playing at a real high level right now."
It was the second time Palmdale defeated Littlerock this season.
The Falcons got a 2-1 victory over the Lobos in the semifinals of their own tournament Dec. 1.