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Crescenta Valley High girls' soccer nets first win at Glendale's expense

Soccer: Falcons girls notch 4-0 win over Nitros in Pacific League opener.

January 07, 2014|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Approaching opening day for Pacific League girls’ soccer on Tuesday, longtime league heavyweight Crescenta Valley High was struggling.

Glendale, in contrast, was looking to break through and challenge for a playoff berth.

But after the Falcons, led by a pair of goals from sophomore Izzy Costilla, ran away with a 4-0 win over the Nitros at Moyse Field, both teams left Tuesday’s match going in opposite directions than they entered.

“It was very important to us,” said Costilla of the Falcons notching their first win, as they improved to 1-4. “We came out here playing with our heart and soul. We knew we needed to win today no matter what. It was a team effort.”

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Costilla scored a pair of second-half goals, assisted by junior Grace Keller and sophomore Arden Gonta, while junior Sabrina Sessarego (off a Natalia Victoria assist) and junior Samantha Phinney scored in the first half.

Glendale dropped to 2-3-1, but Tuesday’s performances might well have been more an indicator of what the teams did on their winter breaks than what they might experience in nonleague competition.

“I think we were just rusty. I had pretty much the entire team out of town or injured these last two weeks,” Nitros Coach Victor Aquino said. “And I think it showed. We were rusty; we didn’t communicate.”

It was much the opposite for Falcons Coach Jorden Schulz and her squad.

“I’ve been upset for a month [after the winless start], so their practice sessions have been hard,” Schulz said. “We basically went completely back to basics. Now it just needs to be incorporated.”

And apparently it came against Glendale.

“Everybody put the effort in,” Costilla said. “You could tell the transition from our practices to into our play in the game.”

It didn’t take long for CV to assert control, as Sessarego scored off a Victoria assist in the 10th minute.

A scramble led to Phinney’s score in the 35th minute when Glendale goalie Ashley Hermosillo came out and jumped to knock away a 50-50 ball, but was shielded by a Nitros defender and a Falcons attacker. Hermosillo got two hands on the ball, but couldn’t get enough leverage. Phinney collected it on a bounce and promptly chipped in a score into the exposed net.

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