Sargsyan’s Goal Game-Winner

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Having knocked in 32 goals over the last two seasons, it’s safe to say Glendale High’s Levon Sargsyan is a scoring machine.

Sargsyan’s goal from 20 yards with 12 minutes left in the second half proved the game-winner last Friday afternoon in a Pacific League boys’ soccer match against visiting Burbank, as the Nitros won, 1-0.

“My teammates always help me get the goal,’’ said Sargsyan, a senior forward and three-year starter, who raised his total to 19 goals with the left-footed blast from the left wing on an assist from midfielder Kelby Hernandez. “I’m proud of my players. Without them I wouldn’t be where I’m at.”

After a scoreless opening half, it seemed the game would end in a tie, thus giving each team a point in the league standings.

Entering Friday’s game, Crescenta Valley had 21 points, Muir 18 and Glendale 17. The top four qualify for the playoffs, and given that only four games remain it’s logical the Nitros, who have nine victories, will continue their quest for a CIF Southern Section title.

“Every team gets better as the season goes,’’ said Glendale Head Coach Tulio Marroquin.”We did miss opportunites in the first half, but we settled into a rhythm. This was good for us knowing we can play tough games.”

The first time these two met, it ended 1-1, as Glendale rallied late for the tie. In the Nitros’ two previous games they defeated Arcadia 4-0, and Pasadena 6-0.

The second half began with the Nitros (9-0-7 and 5-0-5 in league) having midfielder Rick Espinosa’s kick from 35 yards blocked five minutes in, and Burbank (3-9-2 and 2-6-2 in league) answering two minutes later with midfielder Varaga Zeinali getting stuffed from 25 yards.

A few minutes later, Zeinali and midfielder Vahe Hakobyan were involved in rough play, and after more rugged action with 26 minutes left, midfielder Nick Villapando was slapped with a foul.

Midfielder Jonathan Trujillo’s penalty kick from 20 yards sailed over the net.

“A lot of tall players try to take advantage of my height,’’ said the 5-foot-6 Villapando, who also plays on the football team.”I try to play smart.”

Two minutes elapsed as Glendale midfielder David Martirosyan was slotted on the right side and 30 yards out, but his kick went wide left.

Over the next seven minutes, the Nitros’ had three shots on goal, with Hernandez missing from 25 yards, Martirosyan, on the right flank, failing from 20 yards, and forward Alan Ghazarian whiffing on a header from 10 yards.

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