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Crescenta Valley girls' soccer's league reign ended by Arcadia

Crescenta Valley Falcons allow three goals in disastrous second half to lose game and run of league titles.

February 07, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

ARCADIA — It was 40 minutes of infamy that ultimately led to the conclusion of four years of supremacy.

With a fifth consecutive Pacific League championship in the balance, Crescenta Valley High’s girls’ soccer team saw its title hopes spiral downward as archrival Arcadia scored three second-half goals to end the Falcons’ four-year run as league champs with a 4-0 Apaches win on Thursday afternoon at Arcadia City Hall Park.

“I thought it was a very evenly matched game,” said Falcons Coach Jorden Schulz, “and then all hell broke loose.”

Down 1-0 after a late second-half goal by Janila Lynn following a corner kick scrum, Crescenta Valley (13-4-2, 11-2-1 in league) came out firing in the second half. Senior Sierra Rhoads fired a shot that was just off frame in the first minutes before senior Katie Callister followed roughly five minutes in with the Falcons’ best chance of the match. From eight yards out, she received a cross and got a good touch on a low shot from the center of the box. But Arcadia goalie Adriana Maldonado was in the right place to make one of her seven saves.

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“God bless [Callister] cause she should’ve scored there,” Schulz said. “The keep was just in the exact right place.”

Callister’s shot was the last the Falcons would take until a Sarah Worden free kick in the 73rd minute. By that time it was 4-0 Arcadia (12-6-2, 12-1-1), which repeated as league champion after sharing the crown with the Falcons last season.

“We weathered the first 10-minutes storm. They were packing numbers forward for the first 10 minutes. ... Once I think we figured that out and how to play that, that’s when the momentum switched our way,” Arcadia Coach Ryen Piszyk said. “Honestly, [Crescenta Valley] couldn’t get a ball to bounce their way and we took advantage of our opportunities.”

Arcadia’s Rachel Schroeder scored what was likely the most telling goal of the match when she took a free kick just inside midfield after a foul call that was disputed by Schulz. Schroeder’s high, floating kick dropped onto frame and the Falcons’ goalie leaped and got both hands partially on it, but the shot deflected off her grasp and into the net for a 2-0 score in the 58th minute.

Shortly thereafter, the wheels fell off for the Falcons.

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