Thanks to scoring contributions from seven different players, including four goals from Malia Abrahamian, Crescenta Valley High School beat Hoover, 11-3, on Tuesday. The Falcons held the Tornadoes to one goal after the first quarter, locking down on defense and seldom letting Hoover get a clean look at the goal. Every CVHS starter (except for goalie Miranda Graham) scored. Kyra Freeman had two goals and starters Katie Ward, Rana Mehai, Lilian Tahmasian and Holly Weston scored one goal apiece, as did A.J. Troop, who came off the bench. The egalitarian approach on offense was by design, according to Falcons head coach Amber Dien. “I’m one coach that really focuses on not just having that star shooter or star player,” Dien said. “We really try to make sure that we’re moving the ball around and giving everyone opportunities.”
Roughly 10 minutes before the start of the Crescenta Valley High School girls’ water polo team’s season opener against visiting Pasadena Muir, the storm clouds overhead broke and the sun peeked through. It proved to be an omen for the Falcons, who soared to a 17-3 victory in their first game in over a year. “To finally have a game, especially for girls like my seniors who didn’t think they’d get to have a senior season at all, it was awesome,” said CV head coach Amber Dien, whose team played its first match in 13 months. CV junior Holly Weston finished as the game’s leading scorer with five goals. Fellow junior Kyra Freeman added three goals of her own, as did senior co-captain Rana Mehai. CVHS showed very little rust out of the gate, with Weston, Freeman, Mehai and the team’s other captain, senior Katie Ward, each scoring a goal in the first quarter. “The opening minutes of the game were definitely better than I expected them to be,” Dien said.