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Burroughs Girls Soccer Deadlocked 1-1 Versus Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

A goal was scored early and a goal was tallied late in Friday’s Pacific League clash between a pair of girls’ soccer heavyweights at Memorial Field.

The second tally, a header in the 77th minute, by Lily Gonzalez, practically guaranteed the match between defending league champion Burroughs High and Crescenta Valley would end in a 1-1 deadlock.

Lauryn Bailey, shown trying to control the ball, set up the tying goal from Lily Gonzalez. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The match-tying goal was set up on a corner kick from junior forward Lauryn Bailey, who directed the ball perfectly so that Gonzalez’s 10-yarder would land directly into the net.

“[Lo] Lauryn and I were just like pushing each other to get that goal in,” said Gonzalez, a junior midfielder. “We know we needed that goal to tie and CV’s one of our hardest competions out there and that was like one of the last plays of the game.”

Gonzalez then added: “I had to put everything in it, so I decided to head the ball because it was going right toward me. I had a girl on me and then I kind of backed up and headed it.”

Bailey realized the importance of the match and situation. “”I knew it was a chance to tie up the game, so I knew I had to place it the right way, inside the sticks,” she said.

Olivia Cashman (No. 2) and Gabby Morales (No. 6) are on the run for the Indians in a match against the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The only other score came in the fifth minute when Crescenta Valley senior Sarah Gabon received a corner kick and upon locating the ball, squared it and drilled a 15-yard rocket that handed the always-tough Falcons a 1-0 lead.

The Indians are 2-1-1 in all matches and 1-0-1 in league.

Today Burroughs is playing a doubleheader in the prestigious Best in the West Tournament and will face Downey and Murrieta Mesa.

The Falcons are 2-0-2 overall and 1-0-1 in league and will host the Indians on January 17 with a 3:15 p.m. start.

Crescenta Valley is also in the Best in the West tourney and will play Royal and Beckman on Saturday.

The play was physical at times. Lily Gonzalez and Madison Jacques would not give an inch. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In between these two tallies there were more than enough opportunities for both sides to find the back of the net, but neither did.

Nothing developed off a corner kick by Falcon senior Kathryn Thamasian in the fourth minute.

In the 14th minute, Gonzalez ripped a 35-yarder which was followed a minute later by Thamasian’s corner kick and junior Ashlin Cuesta’s 15-yard header failed to find the net for the Falcons.

Bailey’s 46-yard free kick came up short in the 17th minute and in the 22nd minute three Indians tried their luck, but likewise came up empty as Gonzalez blasted a 20-yarder, Bailey a 20-yard follow-up and senior midfielder Olivia Cashman unloaded a 35-yarder.

The match, per usual when these two giants take the pitch, was physical at times. Several girls on both teams found themselves on the grass including Cashman, who was kicked in the back of her leg and after a minute or so prone, walked off the field and had her right ankle retaped.

Lily Gonzalez tries to get around Dana Ryan. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We’re going to play hard and they’re going to play hard. We know that going in. It goes with the territory,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “The last half of the first half and the last 20 minutes of the game we played much better. After we got into the flow we played much better. I expected them [Burroughs] to play until the final minute.”

In the 26th minute, Gonzalez unloaded a 25-yard bullet and a minute later junior Julianna Cheney added a 25-yarder for Crescenta Valley.

Senior defender Alex Mills delivered a 29-yard penalty kick in the 34th minute for the Indians that sailed too high over the crossbar.

Four minutes later, Bailey tossed in a 20-yarder and then a 23-yard free kick in the 39th minute, while Gonzalez missed from point-blank range in the same frame.

“Definitely with CV we want to play harder because they’re one of the top along with us,” Bailey said. “They’re physicality just wants us to mentally play harder.”

Crescenta Valley junior Dana Ryan’s 25-yard strike in the 45th minute ventured high and Thamasian’s 25-yarder missed in the 50th minute as did Cuesta’s header in the same stanza. Gonzalez added a 10-yarder in the 52nd minute.

Crescenta Valley sophomore Kaisa Lindman-Marshall missed the target from 25 yards in the 55th minute and teammate, junior Nataly Serrano, likewise missed the mark from 30 yards in the 57th minute.

The Indians had the next three opportunities and included a 35-yard boot from Bailey in the 62nd minute, Gonzalez on a 25-yard penalty kick that struck the top of the net in the 67th minute and Gonzalez’s 30-yarder that drifted wide right in the same frame.

The Falcons had the next two strikes and they both came in the 74th minute as Cheney’s 35-yarder drilled the football right upright and Cheney’s 30-yarder also failed to locate the net.

Girls Soccer Teams Have Bright Outlook

The Burroughs and Burbank High girls’ soccer teams have reason to be optimistic about the upcoming season. Burroughs won its first league title since 1993 last spring. Burbank is looking to make more progress after showing glimpses of fine play last year following a winless 2017-2018 season.

Burroughs

The Indians went 16-4-2 last season, winning their first league title since 1993.
Burroughs did lose some key players to graduation, but still have a strong core back.

Junior forward Lauryn Bailey returns and figures to continue to be a team leader, as she has been the past two years. Fellow junior Lily Gonzalez is an offensive player who should partner with Bailey to provide a dangerous attack. They were co-league Players of the Year last year.
Up front the Indians also have senior Trinity Vournas, sophomore Megan Schmidt and freshman Kara Aldana-Pere.

Senior Stephanie Martinez and sophomore Kaylin Casper will compete for the starting goalkeeping position.
“We have a lot of talent,” coach Brady Riggs said. “We would like to stay in the league race and to try to make a run in CIF.”

The midfield has lost star Abbie Riggs to graduation. Senior Olivia Cashman and juniors Gabby Morales and Jessie Virtue will try to make up for her loss.
Junior Olivia Aguilar, senior Stephanie Torres, sophomore Viviana Medina and freshman Julia Narmore will be expected to fill the rest of the midfield roles. Senior Megan Knutson gives the Indians a player who can help stretch the field as a winger.

Defensively the Indians are solid by senior Orla Giffen and junior Mallie Romberger in the center spots. Seniors Ava Kramer and Alex Mills should help out in the wing back positions, along with sophomores Athena Vournas and Charlotte Sanchez.

Junior Ashley Peltier, a transfer from La Canada, is another player the Indians will look to for help once she becomes eligible in January.

Burbank

The Bulldogs enter the third year under coach Pablo Diaz with hopes of continuing the trend of getting better.
Burbank went 3-15-1 last year and 3-10-1 in league.

“We’ve gotten better, but the other teams have as well,” Diaz said. “We want to go into each match with the same mentality.”

The Bulldogs are led by junior Liliana Partida, who is a three-year varsity player with capabilities of playing a number of roles.

Senior winger Sydney Sugars is also expected to have a solid season.
Burbank will rely on sophomore Madie Chase to be the attacking midfielder.

In goal, Burbank will rely on senior Lindsey Miller, a softball player who will bring her athletic talent to the field. Junior Nicole Girod, a returning varsity player, will compete with Miller for the starting spot as the final line of defense.

Defensively, Burbank has senior Ani Akopyan as well as junior center backs Briana Lewis and Brianna Romero.
Juniors Erin Trainor, Katie Molloy, Mahima Kodavati and Tatiana Castaneda will fill in the wing back spots.

In the midfield, Burbank can expect to get support from sophomores Alyssa Mendoza, Karolyn Pimentel and Eloise Livingston.

Juniors Vanessa Vasquez and Isabella Garcia figure to compete for time on the wing opposite of Sugars.

Up front, junior Roxy Payind, senior Emma Molloy and sophomore Calista Espino will try to help Burbank in the scoring department.

 

 

Girls Soccer Teams Face Question Marks

Trying to find an identity is going to be what the Burroughs and Burbank High girls’ soccer teams will be facing this season. Both teams are young and will be looking to qualify for the CIF playoffs and will hope the growing pains don’t last very long. The Pacific League season starts Tuesday.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burroughs
The Indians came very close to capturing the Pacific League title a year ago for the first time since 1993 by going 15-3-3.
A good core returns to lead the offense. However, it is on defense that Burroughs has a number of question marks.
The midfield is led by senior Abbie Riggs, who is one of four captains. Joining her in the midfield are juniors Olivia Cashman and Steph Torres as well as freshman Samantha Valencia. Lily Gonzalez, who played basketball last year as a freshman, will provide a threat as an attacking midfielder.

Up front, sophomore Lauryn Bailey returns after earning first-team all-league honors a year ago. Junior Trinity Vournas is another returner. Freshman Megan Schmidt and senior Emily Goyanes will offer support in the attack. Junior Megan Knutson gives the Indians options to change up the lineup as she is a winger.

“If we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot in the back, we’re going to be pretty good going forward,” coach Brady Riggs said. “I think we’ll have moments where we’re brilliant and moments where we’re going to make mistakes.”

Defensively, junior Orla Giffen, as well as sophomore captain Gabby Morales and fellow sophomore Maille Romberger, will take care of the center positions.
Senior captain Emily McHorney is a returning all-league player, who will hold down one of the two spots. Senior Sydney Persaud, junior Alex Mills, and sophomore Jesse Virtue will compete for the other wingback spot. Junior Ava Kramer is a utility player who could also figure in the wing back mix.
In goal, the Indians will rely on freshman Kaylin Casper and junior Stephanie Martinez.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burbank
The only way the Bulldogs can go is up after a 1-13-2 season last year.
“We have some great additions to the team,” Burbank coach Pablo Diaz said. “Some of them are freshmen and some are moving from the junior varsity. We’re looking to (have) a much better experience chemistry wise. I think we’ll do much better than last season.”
Senior goalie Ashley I return. She will be backed up by sophomore Nicole Girod.

Senior Jessica Rocha is one of three captains and will be the focal point of the midfield.
Senior Isabel Partida is a center back and captain, who will be Im’s last person of protection.
Defensively, sophomores Brianna Romero and Erin Trainor will join Partida. In the wing back positions, senior Mariela Castaneda, junior Ani Akopyan and sophomore Tatiana Castenada will hold down the other positions.
Joining Rocha in the midfield will be freshman star, Alyssa Mendoza. Senior Isabel Silva and junior Sydney Sugars figure to hold down the right wing positions. Senior Johana Faraj is expected to play a key role on the left wing.

In the attack, the Bulldogs have a number of options. Freshman Madie Chase will be joined by sophomore Paige Mazzola, sophomore Liliana Partida, junior Emma Molloy and seniors Anzhela Asatryan and Nicole Urrego.