LA CRESCENTA — Not since her freshman season had Crescenta Valley High senior Sierra Rhoads experienced a CIF Southern Section playoff victory.
And for most of the Falcons, a playoff win was something they’d never been a part of.
Over the last two years, the first round had been an obstacle Crescenta Valley was unable to overcome.
That changed on Thursday afternoon, as a Rhoads goal in the 33rd minute proved just enough to allow the Falcons to stave off a late-charging San Luis Obispo squad and clear their first-round hurdle to the tune of a 1-0 triumph at Crescenta Valley High in the opening round of the Division III girls’ soccer playoffs.
“It’s been a while,” said Rhoads, who was part of a Falcons squad that advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 2010 before a loss to Corona del Mar began a string of three consecutive postseason losses for CV that ended on Thursday.