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Crescenta Valley High boys' soccer edges Glendale, 3-2

Soccer: Furious first half ends with own goal that stands as game-winner for Falcons over Nitros.

January 28, 2014|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Glendale High boys' soccer player Avo Haroutunyan and Crescenta Valley's Augustine Ahn chase after a ball during a Pacific League match at Glendale High on Tuesday. The Falcons won, 3-2. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Glendale High boys' soccer player Avo Haroutunyan…

GLENDALE — Glendale’s High’s boys’ soccer team got off to the quickest of starts.

Unfortunately for the Nitros, visiting Crescenta Valley matched that quick start and, as Glendale Coach Arthur Aghasyan put it, “some simple mistakes” loomed large for Glendale, most notably an own goal that provided the winning margin for the Falcons in their 3-2 Pacific League win on Tuesday afternoon at Moyse Field over the Nitros.

PHOTOS: Glendale vs. Crescenta Valley boys' soccer

Leading the way for Crescenta Valley was a returning starter and a reserve keeper, as goalie Adan Martinez made seven saves and Matt Ryan scored two goals and was largely responsible for the own goal in his first game back after a hamstring injury.

“It feels great. Last week I was so bummed I had to miss two games,” said Ryan, who had a strained hamstring. “I had no excuses. I had to perform well, the team had to perform well.”

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With the win, Crescenta Valley (17-3-2, 6-2 in league) stayed in shouting distance of first place, trailing Pasadena by two points and Burroughs by four. Glendale dropped to 10-6-2, 4-3-1 and remains in fourth place.

“That’s a great team and in any other league, they’re not in fourth place,” said Falcons Coach Grant Clark, whose squad is ranked eighth in CIF Southern Section Division III.

Glendale scored just 38 seconds into the match, but Crescenta Valley roared right back during a first half in which the teams combined for five scores in the first 28 minutes.

“After [our first goal, the Falcons] they had two simple runs and scored two,” Aghasyan said. “We made simple mistakes.”

A cross from Fernando Martinez was cashed in by Menua Nazarian in the first minute for a 1-0 Glendale lead and a subsequent shock to the system for the Falcons.

“When one of those early goals happens, your first thought is just, ‘Really?’” Ryan said. “You just have to realize you’ve got time, you’ve got a whole ‘nother 79 minutes to play.”

It didn’t take that long for the Falcons to recover, as Daniel Eng assisted Ryan in the seventh minute to equalize the match.

Three minutes later, a Chris Sinani cross in the box deflected off a Glendale defender and right back to Ryan, who blasted in a shot from 10 yards out to take a 2-1 advantage.

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