NORTHWEST GLENDALE — In the big picture, the Crescenta Valley High boys' soccer team is enjoying the frontrunner position in the Pacific League, but right now the Falcons are only concentrating their focus on the opponent at hand, one game at a time.
Anything less on Friday afternoon might have cost the reigning league champs dearly against a game Hoover squad that played one of its strongest matches of the season and forced the Falcons to work for a 1-0 league road win.
"Our goal was to get three points on the road and we did it," said Falcons Coach Kiel McClung, whose team coughed up a large lead in the league race last season and didn't clinch the title until the final day of the regular season because of, according to McClung, a lack of focus on it's own games. "It wasn't a pretty game. It's tough to play good soccer on [this] field, it's tough to be able to knock the ball. Hoover did a very good job of pressuring us defensively. It made things very tough on us today."