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Indians get tie with Falcons

Girls' soccer: Burroughs undefeated in Pacific League play after 0-0 draw.

December 21, 2010|By Grant Gordon and Jeff Tully, grant.gordon@latimes.com

LA CRESCENTA — With rain rarely relenting and the ball speeding up, stopping and switching at an unpredictable rate, when Crescenta Valley High's girls' soccer team hosted Burroughs, the Pacific League match quickly became one in which anything could happen.

The anything, essentially, turned out to be nothing.

Both the Falcons and Indians survived scoring scares before walking away with a 0-0 tie on a wet and rainy Friday afternoon at CV High.

With Crescenta Valley earning a 2-2 tie against Burbank two days earlier, Burroughs Coach Louie Binda knew the Falcons would come out with a solid effort.

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"This is a very good CV team," Binda said. "Because they had tied with Burbank, we knew they were going to come out gunning for us.

"But I thought that we outplayed them for most of the game. We had some very good chances in the last 10 or 15 minutes but we just couldn't score.

"Rain's an equalizer," said first-year Falcons Coach Jorden Schulz. "It just equalizes the playing field.

"I'm happy to get a tie in the conditions."

Binda said he thought the wet conditions didn't affect play too much.

"It was cold and it was wet, but the field wasn't in that bad of shape," he said. "Both teams had to deal with it."

With the tie, the Falcons sit at 2-1-3 with an 0-0-2 mark in league in beginning their defense of two straight Pacific League crowns.

"We started out tough," said Schulz of the schedule seeing them face Burbank and Burroughs in the first week of league. "I think Burroughs is a much better team than they usually get credit for."

At the onset it was the speed of Burroughs (1-2-3, 1-0-1 in league) that was difficult for the Falcons to contain.

"They had the momentum at the beginning of the game," Schulz said.

Burroughs had no less than four quality scoring chances inside the first 20 minutes of the match, but none were better than when a ball crossed in front of the net, prompting Falcons goalie Jessi Magallon to make a diving attempt at cradling possession. She couldn't hold on, though, and Burroughs' Maria Gomez had a prime shot on an exposed net, but Falcons defender Mallory Carcich, who turned in a stellar day of play, was there to make the save.

Soon enough, the Falcons began to win the possession battle and to get their own opportunities, largely due to the play of Sierra Rhoads in the midfield and Katie Callister up top.

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