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Crescenta Valley boys' soccer tries to make it four straight

Glendale Nitros and Hoover Tornadoes look to return to the playoffs with strong showings in Pacific League.

January 03, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Led by defender Matthew Bracht, Crescenta Valley soccer will compete for its fourth straight Pacific League title.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Led by defender Matthew Bracht, Crescenta… (Roger Wilson/Staff…)

En route to winning the program's first CIF Southern Section Division championship last season, the Crescenta Valley High boys' soccer team used the Pacific League portion of its schedule to get it warmed up.

The Falcons won their third straight league championship, going 12-0-2.

There might be some obstacles in the way for the Falcons in their quest to win a fourth straight league crown. Matches figure to be more difficult this season and that’s the way the Falcons want it to be.

“Anybody that’s been in our position before knows you just can’t feel comfortable being the top dog,” said Crescenta Valley Coach Grant Clark, whose team will begin league with a road match against Muir at 3:30 p.m. Friday. “We know that people will be coming after us and that’s the way it should be.

“The key for us will be to win the games we are supposed to win and do it in good fashion.”

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The Falcons, who won the Division IV championship last season and began this season as the top ranked squad in Division III, are 10-1-3. Among the main challengers to also contend for the league championship are Burroughs and Pasadena.

“You see and hear a lot of things about our league and the teams who figure to be there toward the end,” said Clark, the reigning All-Area Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year. “I know Burroughs will be very good and we’ve seen Glendale play.

“I don’t think there’s going to be any easy games. You will get your best shot each time. That makes for good preparation going into the playoffs.”

The Falcons will be led by defender Matthew Bracht and midfielder Erick Trejo.

Glendale has a new coach in Artur Aghasyan who takes over for Tulio Marroquin, now an assistant with CV. The Nitros are fresh off advancing to the championship match of the La Cañada Tournament. Glendale beat La Cañada in a semifinal match of the tournament before falling to the Spartans, ranked No. 5 in the latest Division V poll

Aghasyan said he’s eager to see how the Nitros (5-3-1) will fare in league after placing sixth last season.

“Those were good games against La Cañada,” said Aghasyan, whose team will begin league at 3:30 p.m. Friday against visiting Burroughs. “Those were some good games to help us get set for league.

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