Crescenta Valley boys' soccer falls short in the quarterfinals


Dean Saari (#1 left) scores golden goal assisted by Chisom Ene (#7 right) in overtime in Quartz Hill Royals victory over Crescenta Valley Falcons

On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, the Quartz Hill Royals and Crescenta Valley Falcons faced off in the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division 3 boys’ CIF soccer playoffs. Despite having home-field advantage, the Falcons would lose to the Royals in a tightly contested battle. The final score was 2–1 in favor of the visitors in overtime.

Supporters of both sides were treated to an exciting matchup between two teams that were evenly matched throughout the game. Both teams were organized on defense and played with intensity. However, the physical presence of Quartz Hill would prove to be too much for Crescenta Valley to contain.

The Royals would take the lead in the seventieth minute. Quartz Hill senior #7 Chisom Ene scored from a set piece. With less than ten minutes left, the Falcons high-pressed the Royals, causing the visitors to turn the ball over on a few occasions. In the final moments of the game, Crescenta Valley’s resilience allowed the home side to draw a foul inside the box. The Falcons would convert the penalty, sending the game into overtime.

Despite the efforts of Crescenta Valley, the Falcons' technical ability would not be enough to contain the physical dominance of the Quartz Hill Royals. The Falcons' valiant efforts would not be enough in overtime. Junior No. 1 Dean Saari would score the game-winning goal. After a remarkable run, the Crescenta Valley Falcons finish their season with a record of 21–2–1. The Quartz Hill Royals advance to the semifinal playoff round against El Dorado of Placentia on Saturday, February 18, 2023 with a record of 15–1–4. Coach Casey Jenison believes the Royals have momentum and intensity going into the next round: "They know now how to play in that golden goal situation, and they are ready for that same situation should it arise again."

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