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Crescenta Valley soccer ties North Hollywood, 1-1

Crescenta Valley boys squander lead in pool play of Ralph Brandt tourney against North Hollywood.

November 30, 2012|By Nathan Cambridge
  • Crescenta Valley's Matt Ryan, right, is congratulated by teammate Justin Wright after scoring a first-half goal against North Hollywood.
Crescenta Valley's Matt Ryan, right, is congratulated… (Photo by Libby Cline )

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE — Crescenta Valley High dominated the first half against North Hollywood in its boys' soccer game as part of group play in the Ralph Brandt Tournament at St. Francis High on Friday evening, but came away with a single goal.

The slim advantage and a dip in intensity by the Falcons left the door open for their City Section opponent, who frustrated the Falcons with a late goal to salvage a 1-1 tie.

“I think the thing where they got the goal is we just didn’t have the intensity that we could have had the whole game,” said Crescenta Valley Coach Grant Clark, whose team is ranked No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division III, a season after winning the Division IV crown. “We lagged off a little bit, maybe it was fitness, but we didn’t drop and we didn’t cover and they did a good job of overloading one side and then crossing it in. They got themselves in a good situation. You’ve got to give a team like that credit for putting themselves in a spot to score a goal.”

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Crescenta Valley (2-0-1) outshot North Hollywood in the first half at a ratio approaching five to one, but, after an early goal, key saves by the Huskies’ keeper kept the Falcons at bay.

From the outset Crescenta Valley used an organized offense and aggressive midfield defense to set up repeated scoring chances and, less than 10 minutes into the contest, the attack paid dividends.

Crescenta Valley’s Matt Ryan, who played with high energy throughout, broke down the right side of the field heading to goal as a pass down the line skipped off the wet turf and past Ryan and his North Hollywood (0-1-2) defender. The junior collected the pass, blasting a low shot that ricocheted off Huskies goalkeeper Daniel Moreno’s legs and into the side netting for an early lead.

“I saw it skip off the grass and I just decided to hit it one time. It deflected off the keeper, but I’ll take it,” Ryan said of his first goal of the young season.

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