By Alan der OHANNESSIAN
The Falcons took care of the Indians 4-0 on the road Wednesday afternoon, running their record to 11-0-6 overall and 7-0-2 in the Pacific League.
Senior Pavle Atanackovic scored twice in a heated battle mired by red and yellow cards.
The Falcons were riding a two-game winning streak coming into the game. They beat Arcadia 3-0 last Friday and downed Glendale 7-1 on Monday. They had beaten Burroughs 7-0 in their previous meeting.
The Falcons controlled the game from the beginning, attempting to seal the deal early.
“We just wanted to score early, put them away,” said Atanackovic.
Within minutes after kickoff, the Falcons were on the board already.
Alex Berger made a lob as Atanackovic took it on the fly and kicked it forcefully, giving the Falcons an early 1-0 lead.
Later, Berger again found Atanackovic for a pass inside the penalty area but it was intercepted by K.C. Aquino.
The Falcons kept on the attack. Midfielder Michael Shanazarians found Atanackovic just before the penalty area but his shot was wide just above the cross bar.
Shanazarians got the ball out of a scramble but his shot was off target. His effort was rewarded minutes later when he played a long pass to Atanackivc but the goalkeeper intercepted it as both were vying for the ball.
Atanackovic was able to get the rebound and put the ball into the empty net for a two-goal lead.
The Falcons weren’t finished yet. When Berger found Eric Trejo on a grounder corner kick, he scored effortlessly for a commanding 3-0 lead.
Frustrated, the Indians were called for a dangerous foul.
Julio Guillermo tackled Tony Royer hard, resulting in a yellow card.
CV players were already screaming, “It’s got to be a card,” in support of their teammate.
Burroughs was only able to get one shot on CV goalie Nick Ruiz before halftime. Ruiz made four saves in the game.
The Indians came out with renewed vigor, attacking at the beginning of the second half, and things continued to be physical.
The Indians’ Alex Avelar Escalante was the offender this time when he tackled Royer, leading to a red card.
“Both teams played physical,” said Atanackovic.
Matt Schmutzer found Pablo Sotillo inside the penalty area and he scored to extend the lead to 4-0.
CV holds a comfortable lead for first in the Pacific League. Pasadena is in second with a 4-2-1 record.
The Falcons host Burbank on Friday at 3:15 p.m.