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Crescenta Valley boys' soccer rallies again versus Muir

After Muir Mustangs take lead in 58th minute, Crescenta Valley Falcons find equalizer in 72nd minute in Pacific League play Friday.

January 25, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley's #17 Pablo Sotillo celebrates after scoring a late goal to help the Falcons earn a 1-1 tie.
Crescenta Valley's #17 Pablo Sotillo celebrates… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

LA CRESCENTA — It isn't often that two teams are left disappointed after a match, but such was the case for both the Muir and Crescenta Valley high boys' soccer teams after Friday afternoon's Pacific League contest.

Apparently, neither was satisfied after a 1-1 tie that may have been damaging to both teams’ Pacific League title hopes, as they fell further from league-leading Burroughs (10-5-2 overall, 7-2 in league).

“We’re still getting back players from injury and have been trying to learn the same system since the beginning of the season,” Mustangs Coach Mario Hernandez said. “Even though Crescenta Valley is an excellent team, we gave up a silly goal at the end and that just can’t happen.”

In the teams’ first matchup Jan. 4 at Muir, the Mustangs (8-5-5, 3-3-3) held a 2-1 lead heading into stoppage time only to surrender a goal to the Falcons’ Pablo Hernandez that led to a tie.

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On Friday, while not quite as dramatic, the three-time defending league champion Falcons (15-2-6, 5-1-3) showed their resiliency again, this time when senior Pablo Sotillo banged in a corner kick that was deflected by goalie Jose Diaz (eight saves) into the net.

The goal led to an eruption of joy and relief from the Falcons’ bench.

“We had so many opportunities and we almost didn’t score,” Falcons sophomore midfielder Justin Wright said. “We should have scored more than one, but we didn’t do it. We have to find a way to finish.”

Sotillo’s goal was followed by two solid looks from Crescenta Valley, including when senior Rani Dimashki shot high by about two feet from 12 yards out one minute into stoppage time.

Previous to that, junior Chris Sinani shot wide from 30 yards in the 79th minute on a bullet.

“Sooner or later, we’re going to have to stop settling for these little one-point victories,” Falcons Coach Grant Clark said. “We’re going to have to figure out how to get more scores and wins.

“Right now, we gave away control of league to Burroughs and that means we’re going to need some help and we’re going to need to beat them when we face them (Feb. 1).”

Crescenta Valley’s goal matched an opportunistic score from the Mustangs in the 58th minute.

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