This was an encouraging loss.

The Fountain Valley School boys’ soccer team fell 3-2 at home to Colorado Academy on Saturday afternoon, but it came against one of the best teams in the state.

“It was disappointing to lose,” Danes coach Kevin Ray said. “I think they’re a tough, a strong team to compete against, but we certainly held our own and took them all the way, and that’s a testament to program that we have.”

The performance was led by senior forward Aly Kassam, who scored both of Fountain Valley’s goals in the first half.

It was his 18th and 19th of the season and his fifth game with multiple goals.

But in the second half, he was a marked man.