BURBANK — In recent years, the matchup between the Crescenta Valley High and Burroughs boys’ soccer teams seems to bring out the best in both squads.
It was no different Monday, as the Falcons and Indians faced one another for the second time this season.
It was a spirited battle throughout, with both teams enjoying their share of scoring chances over the course of the first 75 minutes. But despite the opportunities, neither squad could put the ball in the back of the net.
That changed, however, in the 76th minute when Burroughs’ Brandon Gerlach scored a goal to break a scoreless deadlock. The Indians made the goal stand — barely — over the course of the final four minutes and Burroughs was able to claim a 1-0 Pacific League victory at Memorial Field.
By pulling out the win, Burroughs 13-2-4, (8-0-2 in league) — ranked No. 5 in the latest CIF Southern Section Division III poll — was able to stay in a tie for first place in league with Pasadena (8-0-2 in league) with 26 points. The Bulldogs held on for a 2-1 victory against Glendale on Monday.