By Jessica SHUMATE
oming off of a victorious high from beating their biggest rival, Arcadia, on Friday, the Crescenta Valley Falcons girls’ soccer team fought to keep their perfect Pacific League season alive. On Tuesday the girls played the Burroughs Indians for the second time this season. The first half ended with the score of 1-1, but in the end, Burbank came out on top by scoring two more goals, killing the Falcons’ winning streak 3-1.
Within the first 15 minutes of the match, Burroughs was able to get past goalie Sydney Schoeller for the first goal. The Falcons (8-5, 8-1 in league), obviously disgusted by the look of the scoreboard, came back to tie the game with a goal by Megan Robertson with Brianna McReynolds assisting.
At halftime, it was once again anyone’s game. Within the Falcons’ huddle, the team discussed how they needed to play with a more aggressive attitude.
“We talked about making a couple more goals, stepping early and staying on our marks in the midfield. We knew it was something that would help us out in the end,” senior Rachel Bird said.
In the second half there was an increased energy from both teams. Many fouls were made and it became clear that the Falcon girls were becoming frustrated. Burroughs scored two more goals within a 13-minute period leaving CV with only 15 minutes to clean up the mess. Burroughs, too, is a skilled team and its members took time to focus on defense rather than offense to complete the game.
CV had possession of the ball and successfully moved down the field in in their attempt to score. This is when the Falcons lost team captain Rachel Bird to a knee injury. This shifted the momentum back to Burroughs, allowing them to contain CV long enough to finish the game.
“Overall the intensity was just not there,” senior Natalia Victoria said. “They wanted to beat us more than we wanted to beat them at the end of the day.”
Although they lost their chance at a flawless league season, with Tyraysha Peterson as their head coach they won’t be moping for long.
“We’re going to practice and get back to who we are and how we play our game,” she said. “It’s not over. We do have a little bit of a mountain to climb now so we have to get ready to hike.”
On Friday the Lady Falcons battle it out with the Burbank Bulldogs at CV starting at 3:30 p.m.