LA CRESCENTA — After winning its CIF Southern Section Division IV first-round match Friday afternoon, the Crescenta Valley High boys' soccer team erased forgettable memories of last season's unexpectedly short-lived playoff run, in which they were upset after winning a program-first Pacific League title.
More importantly, however, the sudden-death goal from Alex Berger that put an end to a nailbiter played on a wet field at Crescenta Valley High put the Falcons into the second round and raises the possibility of a deep playoff run after going undefeated in the Pacific League and winning league yet again.
"We learned a lot from last season," Falcons Coach Kiel McClung said after the 3-2 victory over Diamond Bar. "We learned we need to take it one game at a time, but today we took it one half and one play at a time."
The Falcons will now take on North Torrance, a 0-0 (4-1) victor against La Mirada, on Wednesday at a site to be determined by a coin flip.