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Crescenta Valley soccer team clicks in winning consolation title

Soccer: Matt Ryan has hat trick, Falcons dominate Crespi in 6-1 victory in Burroughs Summer League.

July 17, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

BURBANK — In the consolation championship of the Burroughs Summer League Wednesday against Crespi, the Crescenta Valley High boys’ soccer team came out and dominated play for the first 15 minutes, creating its share of scoring chances.

Despite their efforts, the Falcons came up empty-handed. That left the door open for the Celts, who tallied the game’s first goal.

But that goal seemed to wake up and invigorate Crescenta Valley, as it played lock-down defense the rest of the way and the offense came through with six straight goals to notch a 6-1 victory at Luther Burbank Middle School in the consolation final of the Burroughs Summer League.

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While the Falcons’ offense seemed to be clicking against Crespi, no Falcon was more on his game than Matt Ryan. Ryan scored a hat trick and displayed finesse and power on his goals to pace the Falcons’ attack.

Ryan said he is finally getting to the point where he feels confident in his abilities after suffering an injury to his left knee last season.

“When I scored that first goal it gave me confidence that I would go out there and play like I used to before the injury,” Ryan said. “When I’m able to play like that, it’s like I never had the injury and I can play like I know I can.”

Being only summer, it’s still a number of months before the Falcons get ready for the winter season. However, with the way his team played Wednesday, coach Grant Clark said he sees nothing but positives with his squad.

“Today, we really were looking like a team out there,” Clark said. “We’ve used the summer to look at kids who we might want to move up from JV and new kids in our program and just to see what we’re going to have. Every kid who’s showed up this summer has worked hard and really showed that they want to be here.

“This summer league has really been a great opportunity for us. We have been able to play in some friendly, but competitive, games and we have benefited from the experience.”

Despite playing well early on, Crescenta Valley found itself down, 1-0, in the 16th minute when Paul Van Dellen tallied the match’s first goal.

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