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Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo knocks off surprising Glendale

Water polo: Falcons trail by two after one quarter, but score 17 of game's final 20 goals in 19-7 Pacific League victory.

January 30, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High's Audrey Taylor defends against Glendale's Naira Sarkian during a Pacific League match at Crescenta Valley on Thursday. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High's Audrey Taylor defends…

LA CRESCENTA — Generally when there’s a 12-goal differential in girls’ water polo, one team walks away pleased and the other disappointed.

Such was the case following Thursday afternoon’s Pacific League showdown between visiting Glendale High and Crescenta Valley — only it was the winning team that was disappointed.

PHOTOS: Crescenta Valley vs. Glendale girls' water polo

The CIF Southern Section Division V third-ranked Falcons recovered from an early deficit for a 19-7 win versus the ninth-ranked Nitros in a light mist.

Crescenta Valley second-year Coach Brent Danna wasn’t exactly thrilled.

“I’m not really satisfied with this,” Danna said. “Glendale came out and took a 4-2 lead after one quarter. They were ready to play and we were nervous for some reason and didn’t come out ready to play.

“[Glendale co-Coach] Forest [Holbrook] did a great job drawing fouls outside of five meters, slowing the game down. We’ve got to do a better job coming out ready to play and taking better passes. I’m only really happy with the final score.”

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Despite their struggles, the Falcons (18-4, 5-0 in league) held a 6-4 lead at halftime and eventually opened up the contest in the third quarter.

The Falcons dominated the third quarter in nearly every aspect, winning the frame, 6-1, in taking a seven-goal advantage into the fourth, while outshooting Glendale, 11-8.

Crescenta Valley commenced by netting the quarter’s first five goals in taking an 11-4 advantage after a score from Brynn Fernandez off an assist from Natalie Kresbach (three assists) with 1:59 remaining.

The goal was the ninth straight for the Falcons going back to the first quarter.

In comparison, Glendale (11-3, 4-1) was in the midst of an over 12-minute long drought that finally ended on a long-distance goal from Rima Gasparyan (two goals) off an assist from Lisa Mekhitarian with 1:48 left that brought the Nitros within 11-5.

Unfortunately for Glendale, momentum never came back its way, as Ashley Taylor (five goals, four assists and four steals) scored off an assist from Krebsbach 23 seconds later to give Crescenta Valley a 12-5 lead after three quarters.

The Falcons put the game to rest in the fourth, winning the quarter, 7-2.

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