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Late Gerlach goal lifts Burroughs High boys' soccer past Crescenta Valley

Soccer: Indians, Falcons play another spirited game, but Burroughs tallies contest's lone goal for 1-0 league triumph.

February 03, 2014|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High's Daniel Eng (left) battles with Burroughs' Ashot Veisyan (right) for the ball in Pacific League boys' soccer action at Burroughs on Monday. The Indians won, 1-0. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High's Daniel Eng (left) battles…

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.

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After both Crescenta Valley (17-4-3, 6-3-1) and Burroughs tied in league matches Friday against Muir and Glendale, respectively, they were hungry for a victory Monday.

“The boys really stepped up and played extremely well today,” said Burroughs Coach Mike Kodama, whose squad defeated the Falcons, 2-1, in their first league meeting Jan. 13. “It was a big game, with a championship atmosphere. I thought, really, that both teams played very well today. CV is a great team and is always well coached. They always give us a battle.

“But in the end, for us, as the game was coming to an end, we were able to keep calm and just keep playing for the moment.”

Although his team absorbed the loss, Crescenta Valley Coach Grant Clark was as equally proud of this side’s effort on the field.

“This game required 80 minutes of hard soccer,” said Clark, whose squad is ranked ninth in Division III. “I think it is the most complete game that we’ve played this season, down to the last whistle. We just played 80 minutes of complete soccer and I have to be proud of the effort that the guys gave out there.”

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