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BOYS' SOCCER: SAUGUS THROWN FOR LOSS THROW-INS LEAD TO COSTLY GOALS PALOS VERDES 4, SAUGUS 3.

Byline: JOHN KLIMA

Staff Writer

Palos Verdes makes no apologies for its style of soccer, which relies on scrounging for goals, then playing stingy defense to hold onto the lead.

Though it doesn't amount to extreme offense, it does amount to enough to win.

Palos Verdes, which tied for the CIF Southern Section Division IV title last year, got twogoals from Robbie Tulchin in a six-minute span in the second half and returned to the finals with a 4-3 victory over Saugus in a Div. II semifinal.

Palos Verdes (22-2-6) advances to face Katella (18-6-4), a 1-0 winner over Brea Olinda on Tuesday, at either Downey or Warren High School

Palos Verdes built a 2-0 lead with goals in the 13th and 17th minute, before Saugus (17-9-3) tied the score with goals in the 17th and 44th minutes.

Tulchin then scored in the 50th and 56th minutes. His goal in the 50th minute gave Palos Verdes a 3-2 lead on a play in which Saugus goalkeeper Joseph Mackey came too far out of the box, allowing Tulchin to tap the ball past him. Tulchin scored six minutes later on a similar play.

"We took advantage of our long throws," Palos Verdes coach Bruce Myhre said. "Most of these teams probably have scouted us or made a phone call, but until they really see it for the first time, they don't realize how hard the throw-ins come. It's not like it's losing much steam."

Palos Verdes had built its lead on goals from Tim Joyce and Clary Claydon, each coming as the result of headers from throw-ins. Kyle Ernsberger of Saugus tied the score 2-2 in the 44th minute.

It is a style that Palos Verdes has thrived with, and in the playoffs against teams unfamiliar with that style, has served to their advantage.

"It's tough going against a team with the size they have in the air when they have such a strong throwing game," Saugus coach Seth Groller said. "I think that's what got us today. When we put the ball on the ground, we played better than (Palos Verdes) did. They have those set plays which really got us. We haven't experienced anything like that."

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Feb 28, 2007
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