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Crescenta Valley boys' soccer begins road to repeat

Crescenta Valley, Glendale, Flintridge Prep and St. Francis ready for postseason.

February 11, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Crescenta Valley finished second in the Pacific League after winning it the previous three seasons.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Crescenta Valley finished second in the… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

After winning a CIF Southern Section Division IV championship last season for the first time, the members of the Crescenta Valley High boys’ soccer team will look for another first this postseason — winning a Division III title.

Crescenta Valley, along with Flintridge Prep, St. Francis and Glendale, were selected to participate in the postseason after the CIF office unveiled its playoff pairings Monday.

Crescenta Valley, which finished second in the Pacific League after winning it the previous three seasons, will begin its playoff journey at 5 p.m. Friday with a road match against Placentia Valencia. Crescenta Valley went 20-3-7 in the regular season. Valencia, which finished second in the Empire League, is 15-5-5.

“I don’t know anything about [Placentia Valencia], but I know for us to be successful, we have to play with each other,” Crescenta Valley Coach Grant Clark said. “If we can all get on the same page, then we will be a tough team to beat.

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“If we play individual soccer, then it won’t be a long playoff run. The Pacific League was a lot tougher this year. I’m a little disappointed that we are starting out on the road. If we win, then the chances increase that we will have a second-round home game.”

The winner of the Crescenta Valley-Placentia Valencia match will meet Century or Murrieta Valley in a second-round match Feb. 20.

Glendale, which grabbed the final automatic playoff berth after taking fourth in the Pacific League, will take part in a Division III wild-card match at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Garden Grove Pacifica.

The Nitros are 6-10-1. Pacifica is 7-9-4 after taking third in the Empire League.

Glendale first-year Coach Artur Aghasyan said the Nitros enter the postseason with some momentum following a late-season surge in which they punched their playoff ticket with a 5-0 win against cross-town rival Hoover on Thursday.

“We feel good about the way we are playing right now,” Aghasyan said. “We are getting better every day.

“We just have to worry about ourselves and play our game. That’s what we’ve been doing a lot of lately. I think we will be ready Wednesday.”

The Glendale-Pacifica winner will take on top-seeded El Rancho in a first-round road match at 5 p.m. Friday.

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