Crescenta Valley 4, Hoover 1: With first place in the Pacific League at stake, the Crescenta Valley High boys' soccer team got a strong second half effort that featured a pair of successful penalty kicks from Erick Trejo.
“We had to work for it,” said Crescenta Valley Coach Grant Clark, whose team has won three league titles in a row. “We talked at halftime about wanting to put Hoover under pressure and make them make mistakes.
“We worked hard in the second half and were able to take control.”
Trejo scored on penalty kicks in the 48th and 58th minutes.
Hoover (2-8-4, 1-8-2) opened the scoring in the 29th minute on a successful penalty kick by Artin Almary. Matthew Bracht tied it at 1 when he headed in a corner kick by Pablo Sotillo in the 36th minute.
“I’m satisfied with the way we played in the first half,” Hoover Coach Kevin Cadenas said. “It was a good half for us.
“I was disappointed with the way we played in the second half. We had a complete breakdown. CV wanted it more in the second half.”
Loyola 1, St. Francis 0: Golden Knights Coach Glen Appels saw his team control most of its Mission League match against visiting Loyola on Wednesday. Unfortunately for St. Francis, it couldn’t overcome a bad break early in the contest.
Loyola, ranked No. 3 in Division I, scored on a throw-in that St. Francis goalkeeper Luca Coppola tried to stop by jumping. However, the ball glanced off his fingertips and landed just inside the post in the fifth minute.
“It was a tough play and Luca tried to grab it,” said Appels, whose team dropped to 6-8-6, 4-4-2 in league for third place. “He did everything he could.
“We controlled the second half and had some great scoring chances at the end. I feel bad for the guys because they played well and deserved better.”
Glendale 3, Burbank 2: The Nitros picked up a Pacific League home win Wednesday. Glendale improved to 8-10-2, 3-7-1 in league.
Crescenta Valley 7, Hoover 0: Sierra Rhoads had two goals and two assists Wednesday, as Crescenta Valley maintained first place in the Pacific League.
The Falcons (13-3-1, 10-1 in league) also got a goal and two assists from Ani Hemelians, two goals from Katie Callister, two assists from Rachel Bird and a goal each from Lisa Kang and Whitley Boller.
Hoover dropped to 2-10 and 2-9 in league.