By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor
Seeking its first league title since 2009, Burroughs took a major step in the right direction with a convincing 4-1 win against Crescenta Valley on the Falcons home field Friday afternoon.
“It was our best game of the year,” Burroughs Coach Mike Kodama said. “It was a total team effort. When it was all said and done, the guys were sky-high.”
For the first time all season, every member of the Burroughs team was suited up, healthy and prepared to play.
Brandon Gerlach scored the first goal of the game three minutes into the match. Nine minutes later, Gerlach set up Noberto Alcantar for a goal and a 2-0 lead.
Crescenta Valley finally put a goal on the scoreboard early in the second half but the combination of Alcantar and Gerlach was too much to handle.
“The boys responded real well,” Kodama said. “They stayed composed and played calm.”
Alcantar scored his second goal of the game moments later off an assist from Gerlach to make it 3-1. Prior to Gerlach’s assist, some fine ball movement from Brian Arzate, Manny Celio and Jorman Herrera aided in the offensive attack.
Xavi Izquieta capped off the big win with a goal at the 55th minute.
“That took the wind out of their sails,” Kodama said.
Milosh Petko, Dexter Dysthe and Mike Mirza came off the bench and provided valuable minutes for JBHS.
The Indians avenged a tough 2-1 loss to Crescenta Valley three weeks ago. The Falcons have won the last three Pacific League titles since Burroughs won in 2008 and 2009.
“This is one of three steps. After we shook hands, we started thinking about Arcadia,” Kodama explained. “I’m very proud of the boys.”
Burroughs (12-6-2, 9-3 in league) has upcoming matches against Arcadia at home on Tuesday and at Burbank on Thursday to close out the regular season. Both contests are at 3:30 p.m.
“We have two more important games coming up,” Alcantar said after the game. “We need to go at them hard just the way we did to CV.”