LA CRESCENTA — With a combined two wins, the Burbank High and Crescenta Valley boys' soccer teams didn't exactly vault into Pacific League play Friday with a great deal of momentum behind them.
But it was evident early on that the squads were ready to put a disappointing nonleague campaign behind them, as the Bulldogs and Falcons each scored a goal in the opening seven minutes of the match at Crescenta Valley.
But thereafter, Burbank couldn't capitalize on a wealth of scoring opportunities, the Falcons controlled the midfield and the Bulldogs suffered through their share of defensive lapses.
It also helped that Crescenta Valley received four goals from Pavle Atanackovic and four assists from Alex Berger, which helped it earn a 5-1 win against the Bulldogs.
Crescenta Valley Coach Kiel McClung said his team didn't get discouraged after finishing the nonleague season with a 1-1-2 record.
"We played some very good teams prior to opening league," McClung said. "The idea was to play good competition in hopes it would set us up for league. Doing well in league is the most important thing to us."