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CV offense stays hot

Soccer: Falcon girls dominate in 5-0 league home win over Burbank.

January 06, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

LA CRESCENTA — Goals have not been in short supply for the Crescenta Valley High girls' soccer team early on in this Pacific League season and that was bad news for Burbank when it traveled to CV Friday.

The Falcons got goals from a number of different scorers and in a number of different ways, cruising to a 5-0 victory over Burbank. Crescenta Valley Coach Jorden Schulz said it's been a case of practice makes perfect when it comes to her team's offense this year.

"We have been working on [offense] a lot," Schulz said. "We are making some changes and trying to adjust some people in a few places and see how it works or doesn't work. Today it worked."

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For the second game in a row, Crescenta Valley, which defeated Glendale, 4-0, on Tuesday, got all of its goals from different scorers.

"It didn't come out of thin air, though," Schulz said. "It doesn't come without a lot of work. We have been working on it from last year to this year — it's a carry over thing.

"They probably hate the drills that we do, but people need to get to where they need to be. If they're in the right place, then you should have a lot of different goal scorers, it shouldn't be just one girl making everything happen."

Burbank Coach Eric Montoya had a different explanation for the Falcons' offensive outburst Friday.

"We gave up two goals overall, I believe," Montoya said. "[The referees] missed three offside calls. We had no calls go our way, there was a handball in our box that wasn't called.

"I think we were pretty evenly matched. I just think it's too bad the referees destroyed the game. It happens in soccer a lot. Unfortunately, it's happening more and more."

Crescenta Valley (4-3, 2-0 in league) created two scoring opportunities in the first 10 minutes of the game, but both chances were squandered with off-target shots. The chances kept coming for the Falcons, who got on the board in the 18th minute.

It all started with a through pass from CV's Itzia Villegas that allowed Sharon Lee to outrun two Burbank (4-5-1, 0-2 in league) defenders. The Bulldogs goalie ran out to grab the ball in traffic, but only got a hand on it. The deflection went right to Villegas, who knocked in an easy goal for a 1-0 lead.

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