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Falcons take rivals and first place

Soccer: Callister goal, staunch defense leads to 1-0 CV win over Arcadia, which gives it one-point lead in standings.

January 19, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

LA CRESCENTA — In the 14th minute of Tuesday afternoon's Pacific League girls' soccer match between archrivals Crescenta Valley High and Arcadia, it was the hustle of Katie Callister that gave the Falcons a one-goal lead.

But for the majority of the 80 minutes in which the Falcons and Apaches went back and forth, it was the Crescenta Valley defense that played the largest role in giving the Falcons a one-goal win, as CV prevailed, 1-0, to claim first place in league all by its lonesome.

"It's the best feeling," said Falcons defender and captain Mallory Carcich of beating the rival Apaches. "We always want to beat them.

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"There were some weak points [on defense], but we always come through. Our backline's very strong."

The backline was also very flexible, as the first half saw Carcich, Dani Busta, Sarah Worden and Casandra Orozco lock down the Apaches (3-2-1 in league), while the Falcons moved both Worden and Orozco up and moved Savannah Rhoads back to adjust to the Arcadia offense.

"We tried to adapt to their style, which I think we did," said first-year Falcons Coach Jorden Schulz. "I'm very pleased with all three in the back."

The Carcich- and Busta-led defense earned its sixth consecutive shutout — leading consequently to a fifth straight win and the continuation of an eight-match unbeaten streak. Aside from the rivalry win, the victory also put the Falcons (7-3-3, 5-0-2 for 17 points) into first place as a result of Burbank (4-0-3 for 15 points) defeating Burroughs (5-1-1 for 16 points) by a 1-0 score also on Tuesday.

Thus, as the win over Arcadia ended the first half of league for Crescenta Valley, it also began a three-match stretch that, in all likelihood, will decide the Falcons' league fortunes. On Friday, the Falcons will host Burbank before meeting Burroughs on Tuesday. CV tied both teams in their initial meetings.

"We're undefeated in the first half and we wanted to stay that way," Schulz said. "We wanted to come out as hard as we could against Arcadia to set us up for Friday.

"It's definitely set up for the rest of the league season."

And the Falcons believe their play as of late is reason enough to believe they can better the previous outcomes against Burbank and Burroughs.

"We're ready to beat them," Carcich said. "We're not tying."

At the onset of Wednesday's game, however, CV was reeling a bit, as Arcadia had its hosts going backwards in the very early going.

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