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Loss is frustrating for Burbank, 3-1

BOYS’ SOCCER: Bulldogs miss chance to stay with league leaders after falling to Crescenta Valley.

February 11, 2009|By Charles Rich

LA CRESCENTA — Call it a game of separation in the Pacific League standings between the Crescenta Valley High and Burbank boys’ soccer teams.

Crescenta Valley and Burbank met Tuesday afternoon for the second time this season, both still well within range of claiming the league championship. A victory by one program would quickly put a damper in the other teams’ hopes to capture league glory.

The Falcons got the upper hand, as Pavle Atanackovic and David Orozco scored nine minutes apart early in the second half to help host Crescenta Valley record a 3-1 league win against Burbank.

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Crescenta Valley improved to 8-4-6 and 6-2-5 in league for 17 points. The Falcons are tied for second with Pasadena (11-1-5, 6-1-5 for 17 points). However, Pasadena has two games remaining, including today’s contest at 3:15 p.m. against host Burbank.

Burroughs picked up a 4-0 win Tuesday night against visiting Muir to remain in first place with 18 points.

For Burbank, it proved to be a frustrating loss. The Bulldogs dropped to fifth place at 11-5-2 and 6-4-2 for 14 points. Glendale battled to a scoreless tie with Arcadia on Tuesday to jump one point ahead of Burbank into fourth place.

The top four teams qualify for the postseason, which will begin next week. The playoff pairings will be unveiled Monday by the CIF office.

Crescenta Valley, which won just one league match last year, recovered well on Tuesday following a tough 3-2 home loss to Burroughs on Saturday. The Falcons had most of the match’s best scoring chances against the Bulldogs, who posted a 2-1 victory against Crescenta Valley on Jan. 21.

Gor Grigoryan gave Crescenta Valley a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute. A header by Crescenta Valley’s Young Kang struck the left post, but Grigoryan put the rebound past Burbank goalkeeper Andrew Maldonado, who had 10 saves.

Atanackovic and Orozco gave the Falcons some breathing room early in the second half.

Atanackovic made it 2-0 with a low shot in the 43rd minute before Orozco extended the lead to 3-0 in the 52nd minute.

Burbank couldn’t generate many quality scoring opportunities, as Crescenta Valley limited the Bulldogs to only a handful of shots up close.

Burbank scored on a direct kick by senior midfielder Gor Kirakosyan in the 72nd minute.

Burbank Coach Frank Chavez praised Crescenta Valley’s effort, which included seven saves from Falcon senior goalkeeper Michael Bond.

“When you work hard and play hard, you win,” Chavez said. “Crescenta Valley played hard and they won.

“Give Crescenta Valley credit. We have talented players, but it won’t work when you don’t play with each other.”

Crescenta Valley and Burbank will close out the regular season with league road matches at 3:15 p.m. Thursday. The Falcons will travel to Arcadia, and the Bulldogs will meet cross-town rival Burroughs.


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