Sierra Rhoads leads Crescenta Valley girls' soccer to victory

Senior scores match's only goal, as Crescenta Valley Falcons best Burroughs Indians, 1-0.

January 11, 2013|By Grant Gordon,

LA CRESCENTA — Though it's still early in the Pacific League girls' soccer season, leading into Friday's first-place showdown between visiting Burroughs High and Crescenta Valley, the teams had built up plenty of statistical intrigue to bolster the match.

Combining for six wins to no league losses along with a combined 40 goals to just one given up, the Falcons and Indians’ collective body of work had been daunting.

On a cold and windy Friday afternoon at Crescenta Valley, though, the only statistic that mattered was Sierra Rhoads’ goal in the 69th minute, as the senior midfielder’s strike held for a 1-0 victory for the Falcons over the Indians.


“Just get it in and that’s what I did, so I was happy,” said Rhoads of her thoughts when she let fly on a shot after a Katie Callister pass. “This was a huge win.

“We were looking at the stats and we saw they beat Pasadena, 4-0, so we were a little intimidated.

“This is a really important win for our team and gives us momentum going forward.”

The backline of Whitley Boller, Karina Costila, Sarah Worden and Olivia Bird engineered the Falcons’ sixth straight shutout, as Crescenta Valley (7-2-1, 4-0 in league) maintained its first-place league standing with its seventh consecutive win.

Burroughs (6-6-1, 3-1), which was outshot, 17-5, found scoring chances hard to come by, but had a handful of the golden variety and was left wondering what could’ve been had it cashed in.

“Second half, we should’ve done better with our chances,” Indians Coach Eddie Garcia said. “[Crescenta Valley has] got some quality players, not to take anything away from them. They earned it.”

Burroughs played defensively in the opening half, packing the center of the field, and registered just one shot — coming with three minutes left — to six for the Falcons.

“[We] kinda wanted to slow it down a little bit and we did,” Garcia said.

But only seconds into the second half, the Indians had two players slip behind the Falcons’ defense. But with a two-on-none breakaway, Indians senior Brianna Matallana, on the left wing, had her chance perfectly snuffed out by Falcons goalie Samantha Lizer, who sprinted onto the play and slid in to kick the ball out of play.

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