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Crescenta Valley girls' soccer loses to rival Arcadia

Crescenta Valley Falcons suffer first Pacific League loss, falling to Arcadia Apaches, 2-0.

January 18, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley's Grace Keller, left, launched a shot on goal in the first half that was stopped by a diving Arcadia goalie.
Crescenta Valley's Grace Keller, left, launched… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

LA CRESCENTA — In the first minute of play Friday afternoon, Crescenta Valley High's Sierra Rhoads had a good look, a good chance and a good shot that went right of the Arcadia net.

The quick chance drew applause from the home fans, but it hardly proved to be a foreshadowing of the game to come.

Good scoring chances were hard to come by for either team, making missed chances and those bestowed on the opposition loom large.

The Falcons had two excellent opportunities go awry, while the Apaches were bestowed with two that they took full advantage of to claim a 2-0 Pacific League victory at Crescenta Valley High.

“Hats off to [Arcadia], they came out and worked hard,” said Falcons Coach Jorden Schulz, “and for some reason the ball bounced their way and they took advantage of their chances.

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“We had our chances and didn’t take advantage.”

The loss was the first in league play for the Falcons (9-3-1, 6-1 in league), ending a nine-game winning streak in the process.

“The pressure of being undefeated’s off,” Schulz joked.

But the quest for a fifth straight league title is still in full swing, as Crescenta Valley maintained its first-place position, with Arcadia (6-6-2, 5-1-1) tied with Burbank (5-1-1 in league) for second, after the latter defeated Burroughs, 1-0. Burroughs (5-2) is in fourth place.

Despite the two goals allowed, the Falcons defense didn’t play poorly, limiting Arcadia to seven shots. Senior Whitley Boller turned in a stellar game, but suffered a leg injury late in the contest that saw her limp off the field.

Like any loss to its archrival, Friday’s setback stung, but Schulz wasn’t disappointed in her team’s effort.

“I’m not at all upset with how they played, the intensity was there,” Schulz said. “Did we make mistakes? Of course.”

The first came on a controversial call against Falcons defender Sarah Worden, whose slide tackle on Arcadia’s Bailey Mushisky in the goal box resulted in a penalty kick. Schulz and the CV sideline disputed that Worden got all ball.

It made no matter, as Arcadia’s Rachel Schroeder got all of the back of the net on the subsequent penalty shot for a 1-0 lead in just the 14th minute.

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