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Burroughs boys' soccer grabs sole possession of first with win over CV

Soccer: Indians get one goal and two assists from Gerlach in 4-1 Pacific League road win against Crescenta Valley.

February 02, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

LA CRESCENTA — Sitting on a couch at home and constantly staring at his cell phone for scoring updates via text was too painful for Brandon Gerlach.

The Burroughs High boys' soccer player didn't want to be in that position again. Instead, he wanted to use his skills to help put the Indians atop the Pacific League all by themselves.

Gerlach accomplished that with a rousing performance Friday afternoon, as he finished with one goal and two assists to lead visiting Burroughs to a 4-1 league victory against Crescenta Valley.

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"Being at home on my couch and looking at my phone was way too hard for me," said Gerlach, a junior forward who missed the first meeting against Crescenta Valley on Jan. 11 at Memorial Field because he had to serve a mandatory one-match suspension after drawing a red card in the previous match against Pasadena. "I had to come back here and be ready to play and do whatever I could to help us win."

Burroughs improved to 12-6-2, 9-3 in league for first place with 27 points. More importantly, it moved a step closer to winning its first league title since 2009. Crescenta Valley, which has won three league championships in a row, dropped to 17-3-6, 7-2-3 for 24 points for second place. Both teams have two league matches remaining.

Gerlach and the Indians were ready to answer the bell against the Falcons, who won the CIF Southern Section Division IV title last season and are seventh in the latest Division III poll. Burroughs, which last beat Crescenta Valley in 2009, didn't waste any time getting started.

Burroughs took a 1-0 lead in the third minute when Gerlach headed in a corner kick by Xavi Izqueta past Crescenta Valley goalkeeper Josh Cook.

"I got in there and was just trying to get a head on it and finish off the play," Gerlach said. "That was a great corner from Xavi.

"We didn't know what to expect coming into the game, but it was huge to get that first goal."

The Indians extended their lead to 2-0 in the 15th minute when Gerlach made a nice cross to Nolberto Alcantar.

Crescenta Valley sliced the deficit in half on a goal by Pablo Sotillo in the 43rd minute. Chachi Shyan of Crescenta Valley lined a free kick at Burroughs goalkeeper Elliot Whitecotton, who made a diving save. Sotillo swooped in and beat Whitecotton off the rebound. Sotillo scored both goals for the Falcons in the first matchup against the Indians.

Crescenta Valley's momentum would short circuit a minute later.

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