Crescenta Valley soccer remains tied for first in Pacific League

Boys' soccer, basketball; girls' soccer, basketball, water polo

January 30, 2013


Crescenta Valley 4, Hoover 1: With first place in the Pacific League at stake, the Crescenta Valley High boys' soccer team got a strong second half effort that featured a pair of successful penalty kicks from Erick Trejo.

Crescenta Valley, ranked No. 7 in the latest CIF Southern Section Division III poll, got a tie-breaking goal in the 45th minute from Rani Dimashki to post a league road win against Hoover on Wednesday at Toll Middle School. Crescenta Valley improved to 17-2-6, 7-1-3 in league and sits atop the league standings with Burroughs, which posted a 1-0 win against Muir and will travel to face the Falcons on Friday.


“We had to work for it,” said Crescenta Valley Coach Grant Clark, whose team has won three league titles in a row. “We talked at halftime about wanting to put Hoover under pressure and make them make mistakes.

“We worked hard in the second half and were able to take control.”

Trejo scored on penalty kicks in the 48th and 58th minutes.

Hoover (2-8-4, 1-8-2) opened the scoring in the 29th minute on a successful penalty kick by Artin Almary. Matthew Bracht tied it at 1 when he headed in a corner kick by Pablo Sotillo in the 36th minute.

“I’m satisfied with the way we played in the first half,” Hoover Coach Kevin Cadenas said. “It was a good half for us.

“I was disappointed with the way we played in the second half. We had a complete breakdown. CV wanted it more in the second half.”

Loyola 1, St. Francis 0: Golden Knights Coach Glen Appels saw his team control most of its Mission League match against visiting Loyola on Wednesday. Unfortunately for St. Francis, it couldn’t overcome a bad break early in the contest.

Loyola, ranked No. 3 in Division I, scored on a throw-in that St. Francis goalkeeper Luca Coppola tried to stop by jumping. However, the ball glanced off his fingertips and landed just inside the post in the fifth minute.

“It was a tough play and Luca tried to grab it,” said Appels, whose team dropped to 6-8-6, 4-4-2 in league for third place. “He did everything he could.

“We controlled the second half and had some great scoring chances at the end. I feel bad for the guys because they played well and deserved better.”

Glendale 3, Burbank 2: The Nitros picked up a Pacific League home win Wednesday. Glendale improved to 8-10-2, 3-7-1 in league.


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