Burroughs Girls Water Polo Creams Hoover, 17-1

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)
By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Senior goalie Kate Wilke had a near-perfect outing while junior driver Dominique Silva and sophomore setter Bianca Sanchez each tossed in five goals for the Burroughs High girls’ water polo team during a 17-1 shellacking of visiting Hoover in a Pacific League match on Thursday afternoon.

The Indians are 4-0 in league action and 11-7 overall, while the Tornadoes are 0-3 in league.

Burroughs’ unblemished run through the league includes wins over host Burbank 8-3, visiting Pasadena 20-7, and host Glendale 11-2, before drilling the Tornadoes.

“We have a great team dynamic,” Burroughs second-year coach Jacob Cook said. “Defensively and offensively we’re strong. Right now we’re shooting for second place in league behind Crescenta Valley. They’re always good.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)
Burroughs senior goalie Kate Wilke was brilliant in 17-1 win over Hoover. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs will play next on Jan. 28 with a showdown against perennial power and defending league champion Crescenta Valley.

The start time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

“I think that we’re coming along really well this year,” said Wilke, who accepted a scholarship in November to play at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania. “We were really up for it today compared to last year when we lost to Hoover by something like 6-5.”

Wilke finished with 18 saves, five steals and nine assists and hopes to break the school record for saves which is 312.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)
Sophomore driver Gwen Turla readies to unload a shot against the Tornadoes. Turla poured in four goals. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

To date Wilke has 243 saves, so it’s looking pretty good that she’ll have the record before the season ends.

Matters started out swimmingly for Burroughs which sprinted to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter.

The Indians added four goals in the second stanza for a 7-0 halftime cushion.

It was 13-1 after three quarters when the Indians scored six goals and for good measure they chipped in with four tallies in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore driver Gwen Turla scored three of her four goals in the opening quarter.

Turla’s initial strike came with 5:59 left in the period and made it 1-0, and her second came 35 seconds later for a 2-0 edge.

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Turla (#6) does an outstanding defensive job. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Turla’s marker with 4:47 pushed the Indians’ lead to 3-0 as the Tornadoes called time out.

Silva scored two goals in the second quarter with the first coming at 4:35 as Burroughs moved ahead 4-0, and then added a winner with just nine seconds on the clock for a 7-0 edge.

Sanchez’s goal with 3:54 showing gave the Indians a 4-0 lead and junior point Elizabeth Wrobel scored with 3:03 left in the frame that made it 6-0.

Silva was a key in the third quarter as she put in three goals. Silva’s tally with 6:20 on the clock pushed the margin to 8-0 and her effort with 2:58 left made it 10-1.

A goal from Silva with 1:31 left extended the lead to 12-1 and forced Hoover to ask for a time out.

Sanchez’s goal with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter gave the Indians an 11-1 lead and her score with 40 seconds left pushed it to 13-1. A tally from Turla gave the Indians a 9-0 cushion and 5:45 left.

Junior driver Viktoria Saroyan added a pair of goals in the fourth quarter. Saroyan’s first came with 5:37 left on the clock that made it 14-1, while her second tally made it 15-1 with 3:52 showing.

Sanchez tacked on a goal with 2:08 remaining on the clock for a 16-1 edge and then added a bullet with 1:31 showing to make it a 16-point spread.

Hoover’s only goal was put in by Sona Aghasaryan and came with 3:48 left in the third quarter, cutting Burroughs’ lead to 9-1.

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