Three punch playoff tickets

Boys' soccer: St. Francis, Crescenta Valley and Glendale in CIF postseason.

February 15, 2011|By Charles Rich,
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GLENDALE — Five local high school boys' soccer teams entered the season looking to qualify for the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Three of them met that objective.

Now, Crescenta Valley High, St. Francis and Glendale will seek a higher ground — a CIF championship.

Crescenta Valley, St. Francis and Glendale will be a part of the playoff focus after the CIF office unveiled its playoff pairings Monday afternoon.

Glendale earned a wild-card match, while St. Francis and Crescenta Valley will wait until Friday to begin their respective playoff runs with first-round tilts.

Glendale, which finished 9-2-8 and 6-2-6 in the Pacific League for third place behind Crescenta Valley and Burroughs, will face visiting Culver City in a Division IV wild-card match at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Moyse Field. Culver City went 8-13-2, 5-5 in the Ocean League for third place.

The winner will meet host Bonita, which went 15-4-5, 9-2-1 for first place in the Hacienda League, on Friday in a first-round match.


Glendale and Culver City are familiar with each other. The teams battled to a 2-2 tie Dec. 4 at Culver City.

"We have got to be able to move the ball against Culver City because they are good and physical," said Glendale Coach Tulio Marroquin, who added that standout senior striker Levon Sargsyan will likely miss the match while recovering from a left-ankle injury he sustained against Crescenta Valley on Feb. 8. "We have the firepower, but we need some more of our guys playing to their potential."

St. Francis placed second in the Mission League behind third-seeded Loyola and will start its playoff run with a first-round home match at 3 p.m. Friday against Thousand Oaks at Friedman Field. The Golden Knights went 13-9, 9-3 in league, while the Lancers went 9-5-4, 8-2-4 in the Marmonte League for second place behind Agoura.

St. Francis Coach Glen Appels, who guided the Golden Knights to three CIF titles between 1996-2003, said Thousand Oaks will be a good test.

"That's a good team and all of the teams in our division are good," Appels said. "We've been as healthy as we've been all season and we've been in the kind of physical shape that we want to be.

"We seem to have a long history of playing [playoff matches] against Marmonte League teams and we have an idea of their style of play."

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