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Burbank Will Again Be Well Represented in College Athletics

One of the toughest parts of every school year is graduation time because so many high school seniors will move on an go in a number of different directions in continuing their education and athletic careers.

Some will still be competing locally. Others will not. We took a look at where our seniors are going to college.

Burroughs

The Burroughs Class of 2019 is led by an athlete who actually never represented his school. Dylan Young, who is one of the top gymnasts in the nation, has signed a letter of intent with the University of Nebraska.

Dylan Young will compete in gymnastics at the University of Nebraska.

From the girls’ volleyball team, Juliana Van Loo will join her older brother Ryan, a 2016 graduate, at Lewis University in Illinois. Her Burroughs teammate Shea McGovern will continue her career at Cal State Los Angeles.

Sam Tipton, the boys’ volleyball Pacific League Player of the Year, will continue his career at Grand Canyon University.

Distance runner Raymond Berrellez will continue his career as a preferred walk on at the University of Arizona for the cross country and track teams.

Lakely Nealis will continue her distance running career at Pt. Loma Nazarene University.

Football players Andrew English and Johnny Factora will continue their football careers at Whittier College and Willamette University in Oregon, respectively.

Softball player Hannah Skinner will continue her career at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, where she will play for former Burbank High coach Debby Day.

Swimmer Nathan Gault-Crabb will continue his career at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

Soccer players Esteban Alcantar, Alfredo Tejada and Matthew Cardenas will continue their career at Glendale Community College.

Jhazmin Pitts will continue her basketball career at Glendale College.

Boys volleyball players Jagger Green and Evan Troncoso will continue at Pierce College. Teammate Steven Grandinetti may join them or play at Santa Barbara City College.

Abbie Riggs will play on the women’s soccer team at Santa Barbara City College. Emily McHorney will continue her soccer career at Chapman University.

Burbank

Bulldogs will be well represented at colleges around the nation.

Receiver/defensive back Erik Harutyunyan will play football at UC Berkeley as a recruited walk on.

Erik Harutyunyan will be helping out the Golden Bears at UC Berkeley. Photo courtesy Doug Brown

Burbank quarterback Matthew Porras will continue his career at Whitworth University in Washington.

Baseball player Davis Mieliwocki will suit up next season for Chapman University in Orange.  Teammate Joey Clark will play baseball at prestigious Macalester College in Minnesota.

Sarah Garelick will continue her softball career at prestigious Smith College in Massachusetts. Softball teammate Alex Davis will continue her career at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Zion Chavez will compete on the men’s track and field team at Kansas Wesleyan University.

Raquel Goli has plans to continue her cross country career at UC San Diego.

Andy Cardenas will continue his soccer career at Cal State Northridge.

The traditionally strong Glendale Community College’s women’s cross country team has picked up a trio from Burbank High in Jamie Levin, Natalie Danao and Lydia Forsyth.

Tight end Duncan Smith will continue his football career at Ventura College. Defensive lineman Karo Koshkaryan will play at Riverside City College.

Baseball players Andrew De La Torre and Daniel Ruiz will play at Los Angeles Valley College. Volleyball player Chase Marcy will continue his career at Pierce College.

Providence

Four Pioneers will continue their athletic careers in college.

Andrew Kim accepted a soccer scholarship to play at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Nick Montijo will run cross country at UC Merced. Jonas Holt plans to play basketball at LA Valley College. Justine Nunez will play volleyball at LA Mission College.

Village Christian

Justin De Sales, who previously attended Burbank High, will play basketball at the University of Puget Sound.  Carley Gay will continue her softball career at Azusa Pacific University. Ashley Sands will be part of the competitive cheerleading squad at UC Santa Cruz.

Notre Dame

The Sherman Oaks-based school has several  seniors from Burbank who will continue their athletic careers. Swimmer Dominic Margarino will compete at the University of Southern California.

Dominic Margarino will swim for the USC Trojans.

Soccer player Nick Sailer will continue at Curry College in Massachusetts. Carter Kessinger will continue his baseball career in the Ivy League at Yale University.

Loyola

Two graduating Cubs from Burbank will continue their athletic careers. Quarterback Nathan Priestley will play at the University of North Carolina under College Football Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown.  Baseball player Joseph Augustine will continue his career at New York University.

El Camino Real

Former Burbank High point guard Tyrese Willis, who transferred to the Woodland Hills school in the fall,  will join his former teammate Justin De Sales at the University of Puget Sound.

Burroughs High Boys Soccer Blasts Burbank 4-1

By Rick Assad

 

Controlling the action from the moment the referee dropped the ball for play, the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team completely dominated the action.

The Indians scored two goals in each half that catapulted them past visiting Burbank 4-1 in a Pacific League match on Friday afternoon.

When junior forward David Gerlach’s 20-yard laser found the back of the net in the 11th minute, the Indians (10-3-3 and 6-0-2 in league) forged ahead 1-0.

In the 35th minute, sophomore forward Manny Gonzalez drilled home a 25-yard winner that extended the lead to 2-0.

Burroughs junior midfielder Juan Carlos Rosales played well in a 4-1 win over Burbank. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I think we got our energy from our defense,” Gonzalez said. “I give all the credit to our defense. They hold it down all night. I feel like it came down to who wanted it more.”

A tally from 25 yards in the 41st minute by sophomore forward Elias Galaviz pushed Burroughs’ lead to 3-0 and Gonzalez’s 15-yarder in the 69th minute capped the Indians’ scoring that made it 4-0.

“We played well. We knew that we had to be patient. The guys moved the ball very well and we just needed to keep our composure and needed to limit Burbank’s opportunities,” Burroughs coach Michael Kodama said.

It took a while, but the Bulldogs (4-5-1 and 3-4-1 in league) finally scratched the scoreboard when senior midfielder Andy Cardenas, who is the kicker on the football team, dropped in a 10-yard header in extra time that trimmed the lead to three goals.

“We got outplayed the whole day,” Burbank coach Loi Phan said. “It was like a scrimmage. Bottom line is we got beat from the beginning to the end. They’re much better than us. We’ll regroup. We’ll play them again.”

Gerlach’s 20-yarder in the 44th minute came so very close, caroming off the right goal post.

“We’re getting better and better all the time,” Kodama said of his talented squad. “We’re happy with it.”

In the second minute, Gonzalez’s 25-yarder sailed wide left and three minutes later Gonzalez’s attempt was picked up by the goalie.

Andy Cardenas had the only goal for the Bulldogs, a header in extra time. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior defender Manny Pascual’s 10-yard header in the seventh minute was off target and senior midfielder Sam Hawksworth’s 35-yard blast in the eighth minute went wide left.

Three minutes later, senior forward Esteban Alcantar’s 25-yarder failed to locate the target.

In the 12th minute, Hawksworth’s shot was blocked.

Pascual’s 20-yard header in the 13th minute scooted right, and three minutes later Burbank sophomore midfielder Nick Diaz’s 45-yard free kick didn’t find the goal.

Senior forward Matthew Cardenas delivered a 10-yarder in the 16th minute and was followed by Hawksworth’s 30-yarder a minute later that drifted wide right.

Gonzalez had consecutive shots stuffed in the 22nd and 24th minute. Junior midfielder Juan Carlos Rosales’ 20-yarder in the 25th minute missed the mark and in the 26th and 31st minute, Cardenas delivered two 35-yarders that were not successful.

Manny Gonzalez scored two goals for the Indians and is being defended by Burbank’s Kaiyne Nzenwa. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the 33rd minute, Gonzalez saw his 25-yarder picked up by the goalie and in the 35th minute, Gonzalez delivered a 25-yarder.

Diaz’s 43-yard free kick in the 36th minute failed and Alcantar had his attempt blocked in the 38th minute.

Gonzalez’s 20-yard header in the 46th minute was off target, and Alcantar’s 25-yarder a minute later drifted wide right.

Alcantar’s 15-yarder in 52nd minute missed the goal, Alcantar’s 25-yard free kick in the 53rd minute was also off and Hawksworth’s rebound didn’t find the back of the net.

Hawksworth’s 15-yarder in the 55th minute wasn’t successful and two minutes later Alcantar’s 15-yarder didn’t find the goal.

Cardenas had a 25-yarder in the 58th minute and Gerlach’s shot was blocked two minutes later.

Cardenas’ 25-yarder in the 60th minute was way too high and a 20-yarder by Galaviz in the 67th minute failed.

Burbank senior midfielder Dara Ashrafi’s 35-yarder in the 68th minute missed the target and junior midfielder Dylan Mahoney’s 20-yarder in the 70th minute sailed wide left.

In the 75th minute, Mahoney’s 35-yarder missed and Burbank senior defender Ocelotl Tellez added a 25-yarder in extra time.

Young Boys Soccer Teams Looking to Improve

It isn’t easy to have consistent success. The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team has been relatively strong for quite some time. Last season, a very young team finished second in league. That core group of sophomores are now juniors, leaving hope that they are a year away from hitting their peak. Burbank High showed some promise last season and is hoping to continue to improve upon last season’s improvement.

Burroughs
The Indians who went 15-9-1 last season, are built around junior playmaker Carlos Rosales. Rosales plays in front of the defense and is essentially the quarterback of the offense.
“Carlos is the engine of the team,” midfielder Sam Hawksworth said of Rosales.

Carlos Rosales of Burroughs. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

He has solid support behind him with junior center back Carter Wells, who gives Burroughs a solid presence needed.
Senior Esteban Alcantar can be an attacking midfielder or he can play as a second striker. He has lots of talent and isn’t afraid to make an assist when needed.
Sophomore Manny Gonzalez had 16 goals as a freshman and is looking to improve on that total. He generally attacks from the wings, which helps open up the middle of the field.
In goal, Burroughs coach Mike Kodama will rely on the trio of seniors Edgar Rodriguez and Alfredo Tejeda as well as sophomore Jacob Cardenas.
Defensively, Wells will be joined by senior Luis Cortes in the middle. Senior Jonathan Mejia could see time at right back. Junior Manny Pascual and junior Elijah DuMonde also figure to see time in the wing back positions. Junior Abihud Munoz and freshman Wilson Harting should also see some time on the back line.
Junior Dylan Mahoney and Hawksworth, a senior, are expected to play alongside Rosales in a defensive midfield role. Senior Jose Luis Arroyo and sophomore Patrick Abarca will also see time in the midfield. Senior Matthew Cardenas gives the Indians some versatility as he can play a number of roles, either in the midfield or in the attack.
Junior David Gerlach returns for his third year on varsity and should occupy the wing on the opposite side of Gonzalez. Junior Matthew Rampaceck and sophomore Elias Galaviz offer support in the attack.

Burbank
The Bulldogs went 5-9-4 last season and are hoping to improve on that mark.
“We’re young and we’re going to get better,” Burbank coach Loi Pham said. “Most of my best players are underclassmen.”
Senior Christian Ramos returns in goal. Fellow senior Jean Diaz could also see time defending the Bulldogs’ net.
Defensively, Burbank has senior Ocelotl Tellez and junior Levon Sahakyan back in the wing positions. Junior Sebastian Causarano also returns and could see time in a center back role.

Burbank defender Levon Sahakyan

Also in the back the Bulldogs have seniors Michael Danielian, Jae Lee and Brendon Chow. Junior Kaiyne Nzenwa and freshman Tony Harutyunyan are others who figure to see time on defense.
In the midfield, senior Andy Cardenas leads the way. Sophomores Isaiah Marsh, Jack Taglang and Nick Diaz all played on varsity as freshmen. Fellow sophomore Andrei Rodriguez also figures to fight for playing time as well as senior Dara Ashrafi.
Up front the Bulldogs return junior Allen Arsenian. Also up front is senior Steven Tom. Freshmen Abraham Rivera and Freddy Cardenas give Burbank a pair that could have a bright future.

Burbank Football Survives Thriller Over Muir

It took more than 11 hours to complete the Burbank versus Muir High football game.

But it took just one decision with 11 seconds left to seal the fate of the final result.

In the end visiting Burbank held on for a 15-14 Pacific League victory Saturday morning.

The game was halted at halftime on Friday night due to lightning. The second half began at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Electing not to kick a field goal with no timeouts left, 11 seconds on the clock and the ball at the 11-yard-line, Muir quarterback Brian Love was sacked by Burbank’s Duncan Smith and the clock ran out on the Mustangs.

“The coverage was great on that last play, so it allowed me to get a sack,” said Smith, who has committed to play at UC Davis next year.

Burbank coach Adam Colman thanked his defense for the fine effort.

“The defense is our calling guard. They kept us in the game when the offense was sputtering,” Colman said.

Burbank (5-3, 3-1 in league) scored what turned out to be the winning touchdown with 3:11 left as Matthew Porras found Smith on a 17-yard pass at the back of the end zone. Burbank failed on the two-point conversion that would have given it a three-point advantage.

The Bulldogs began the drive at the 11-yard line and had to actually move the ball 98 yards down the field after a penalty pushed them back to the 2.

Colman said it wasn’t easy going to sleep and then coming back to play so early in the morning.

“We talked last night about facing adversity. We’ve faced it all year,” he said. “We learned that facing adversity isn’t a bad thing. It helps make you better.”

Burbank opened the scoring with 7:51 left in the first quarter as Porras found Chadz Vang on a 10-yard touchdown. Burbank failed on the two-point conversion. Porras finished the game 16 of 30 for 245 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Andy Cardenas added a 31-yard field goal with 2:53 left in the first quarter to make it 9-0.

Muir (6-2, 2-2) came back. Love scored on a three-yard run with 11:36 left in the first half.

He later hooked up with Caleb Snowden on a fine 20-yard strike to put the Mustangs ahead with 3:03 left in the first half.

Turnovers on both sides gave each team golden opportunities to push ahead. But the defensive efforts were superb for both teams.

Erik Harutyunyan had an interception and stripped a Muir player of the ball. Offensively he had seven receptions for 101 yards.

Burbank Football’s Defense Shines Against Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

 

Two of the four best football teams in the Pacific League squared off Friday night at Memorial Field.

In what turned out to be a high-scoring game, Burbank High’s defense forced six turnovers and parlayed this into a 45-23 victory over previously unbeaten Crescenta Valley.

The Falcons came in ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division VII and are now 6-1 and 3-1 in league.

The defending league champion Bulldogs are 4-3 and 3-1 in league and were led defensively by junior strong safety Vincent Vang, who accounted for four takeaways, including three interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Quarterback Matthew Porras running and gaining yards against Crescenta Valley Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Two of Vang’s picks went for touchdowns including a 70-yarder with 8:26 left in the first quarter that made it 14-0 and a 23-yarder with 1:28 on the clock  in the fourth for the game’s final points.

“This team’s got a lot of heart,” Burbank coach Adam Colman said. “They’re a family. But we’ve gotta finish. We’ve gotta finish. We’ve gotta finish games.”

Crescenta Valley senior quarterback Cole Doyle (11 of 22 for 121 yards) had a rough evening after getting picked off four times and fumbling once.

The Bulldogs, who along with the Falcons are tied with Muir for second place in league, scored on their first series as senior quarterback Matthew Porras (12 of 22 for 227 yards and one interception) directed the team 60 yards on six plays with the capper being a five-yard romp by Porras (71 yards on 14 rushes) with 10:01 left in the first for a 7-0 edge.

“We know that was the narrative they were preaching,” said Colman of the Falcons wanting revenge after last season’s 37-20 loss at Moye Field. “Our defense played amazing. The turnovers were huge. If our defense can make a statement, the offense feeds off that.”

Burbank’s defense forced six Falcon turnovers in a 45-23 win. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Doyle’s 13-yard scamper with just under three minutes remaining in the opening frame sliced the lead to 14-7.

But Doyle’s fumble recovered by Vang led to a 24-yard field goal by senior Andy Cardenas that made it 17-7 with 6:35 left before the half.

When Porras was called for intentional grounding and 10:06 in the third, the Falcons (386 total net yards) came within 17-9.

Burbank then answered when junior running back Isaac Glover (101 yards on 21 carries) scored on a three-yard burst with one minute in the third to make it 24-9.

“We just kept running and the O-line kept doing their jobs,” Glover said. “I think this was the best game we’ve had all season, besides Pasadena.”

With three games left on the schedule, the Bulldogs (429 total yards) are hoping to finish strong, but are also trying to stay in the moment.

Erik Harutyunyan had one of the four picks for the Bulldogs. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“We’re going one game at a time,” Glover said of their mindset. “We don’t think ahead. Game-by-game. Play-by-play.”

Crescenta Valley, which will play Arcadia (5-2 and 4-0 in league) in the final week, trimmed the lead to 24-16 with 11:41 left in the fourth after Doyle (182 yards on 24 carries) dashed 44 yards for a score.

A three-yard toss by Porras to senior running back Max Mendieta and 7:05 on the ticker in the fourth pushed Burbank’s lead to 31-16.

The Falcons responded with Doyle hitting sophomore wide receiver Sebastian De Leon (20 yards on two receptions) with a seven-yard pass and 5:30 left that cut the margin to 31-23.

When senior running back Chadz Vang (30 yards on four carries) bolted in from four yards out and 1:55 left, Burbank’s lead was 38-23.

Burbank’s next league game will be Friday night at Muir with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Burroughs Boys Soccer Comes From Behind, Knocks Off Burbank

By Rick Assad

 

Apparently falling behind by two goals early wasn’t a major problem for the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team.

That’s because what came next was a mere avalanche of goals from the Indians, who sideswiped Burbank 5-3 in a Pacific League match at Memorial Field on Thursday afternoon.

“We just had to make sure to keep our composure and take our opportunities,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said. “I thought the boys did a great job of doing that.”

Burroughs senior midfielder William Rosales (#10) is on the run against Burbank, which lost 5-3. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kodama explained what was emphasized.

“You make one play at a time,” he said of the 2-0 deficit. “We saw a hole that we wanted to take advantage. A great space for Topli [Petko].”

Petko led the way with two second-half goals for the Indians, who went 15-8-1 overall, placed second in league with a 9-4-1 record and will compete in the upcoming CIF Southern Section playoffs.

“You know, it’s just a beautiful game, honestly,” said Petko, a senior defender. “We started slow in the first half, but that’s OK. In the locker room, we picked our heads up. Second half we said nothing, no more.”

Sophomore midfielder Juan Carlos Rosales is about to pass the ball during a match versus the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs went 5-9-4 in all matches, 4-8-2 in league, didn’t qualify for the postseason and were paced by Andrew Senane with two goals.

Burbank struck first with two penalty kicks that resulted in scores against senior goalie Sebastian Kalemkerian, who was replaced by junior Edgar Rodriguez in the 68th minute.

In the 16th minute, Senane’s 10-yarder found the upper left portion of the net that made it 1-0.

In the 26th minute, Andy Cardenas’ 10-yard bullet gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage.

“It’s the last game. We lost the playoffs. It’s hard to motivate players,” Burbank coach Gor Kirakosyan said. “But this time, it’s against Burroughs. It’s always as players exciting to be in this game. This game, the whole year, they never gave up.”

Indians junior midfielder Sam Hawksworth uses some fancy footwork to get past Alex Pino of the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kirakosyan then went on: “They’re a really good team [Burroughs]. I think the experience part hurt us at the end as a team. At the end, we tied them. When they scored the fourth one, we had to go for it.”

In the 35th minute, the Indians drew within 2-1 on a 10-yard header from freshman forward Manny Gonzalez with an assist from junior midfielder Esteban Alcantar that slipped past Artyom Ginosyan, who was in goal out of necessity and certainly despite being Burbank’s leading goal-scorer.

The Indians then knotted the match at 2-2 in the 43rd minute on Petko’s laser from 20 yards.

“As a team, these guys inspired me to score those goals. In that first goal when I scored, and when those guys have your back, there’s nothing better,” he said.

In the 57th minute, Petko then added his second tally, from 15 yards, that put the Indians ahead 3-2.

“I have beautiful midfielders who give me the ball. I can’t ask for anything else,” Petko said.

The Bulldogs leveled it at 3-3 after Senane scored from 15 yards in the 71st minute that nestled into the upper left corner.

But senior defender Victor Lopez gave the Indians a 4-3 advantage on a follow-up blast from 10 yards in the 74th minute.

The match was put out of reach when senior midfielder William Rosales booted one home in extra time.

Burroughs Boys Soccer Edges Host Burbank 1-0

By Rick Assad

 

In an expected tight and at times rough-and-tumble Pacific League boys’ soccer match, one goal separated Burroughs High from Burbank on Friday afternoon.

The only tally came in the 48th minute when freshman forward Manny Gonzalez knocked in a header from 15 yards out after junior forward/midfielder Esteban Alcantar’s free kick from 35 yards.

“Rivalry game. Good support from my teammates,” said Gonzalez of the goal that made it 1-0. “We made it happen. They’re going to come. A beautiful ball from Esteban. You just have to put them in.”

Burroughs freshman Manny Gonzalez had the lone goal against host Burbank. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs coach Michael Kodama was pleased with the outcome.

“There’s 80 minutes. You have to play each minute,” he said. “Just keep playing and look for that opportunity and when that opportunity comes, you want to finish it. Real happy with the performance of the guys today.”

The visiting Indians dominated the opening half as senior defender Jonathan Ortega had a 25-yarder sail wide left in the second minute.

Burbank Andrew Senane’s 25-yarder also drifted wide right in the third minute.

The Indians (11-6-1 and 5-2-1 in league) had the next three shots including Gonzalez’s 30-yard penalty kick that sailed wide right in the fourth minute.

Sophomore midfielder Juan Carlos Rosales then chipped in with a corner kick in the 18th minute, and senior defender Topli Petko tossed in a 20-yarder in the 19th minute.

Burbank’s Artyom Ginosyan’s 15-yarder from the left side in the 21st minute was stuffed, while teammate Andy Cardenas had a free kick from 35 yards in the 26th minute.

Burbank’s Andrew Senane handles the ball while William Rosales defends. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It came down, for me, to refereeing,” Burbank coach Gor Kirakosyan said. “They got to call it both ways. I understand, it’s a red card, yes, but why would my player hit someone for no reason?”

Kirakosyan added: “I’m proud of my players. They hustled down to the end,” he said. “They stepped up. Some of them were playing out of position. We had like five freshman.”

Cardenas had another free kick a minute later and Ginosyan followed with a header.

A corner kick from Rosales came in the 30th minute, but Cardenas delivered a free kick followed by a header from Ginosyan in the 32nd minute.

At times the match between visiting Burroughs and Burbank became chippy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs had the final five attempts of the first half and they were a corner kick from Rosales in the 33rd minute, senior defender Jake Von’s 10-yarder four minutes later, Alcantar’s 35-yard blast in the 38th minute, Gonzalez’s 25-yarder that hit the cross bar in the 39th minute and Alcantar’s penalty kick that was redirected by Von in the waning moments.

Alcantar had a 20-yarder sail wide right in the 45th minute, and Alcantar chimed in with a 30-yard penalty shot in the 50th minute.

Ginosyan had a 15-yarder hit the football crossbar and into the top of the net in the 51st minute, while Rosales walloped a 20-yarder in the 54th minute.

Senane saw a 15-yarder sail wide left in the 60th minute, Cardenas added a penalty kick four minutes later, but Gonzalez broke the spell with a 10-yarder in the 65th minute.

Senane was tagged with a red card in the 66th minute and was removed from the game after pushing a Burroughs player from behind.

“Every game in the Pacific League is going to be physical and they have to get used to it,” Kodama said.

Alcantar had a 20-yarder in the 71st minute, another 20-yarder a minute later and Gonzalez a corner kick in the 75th minute.

Cardenas blasted  30-yarder in the 78th minute and Ethan Jay a 15-yarder for Burbank (3-5-4 and 2-4-2 in league) in the 79th minute.

Rosales mashed a 25-yard free kick in extra minutes for the match’s last shot on goal.

Burroughs, Burbank Boys’ Soccer Teams Looking Young, Talented

A year ago the Burroughs and Burbank High boys’ soccer teams were complete opposites. Burroughs won the Pacific League title and Burbank failed to win a game. But a year later, Burroughs has graduated many of its stars and Burbank has been re-energized by a number of young players who have already shown they will bring the program back up.

Burroughs

The Indians were quite good last season by going 19-5-4 and losing in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs to a fine Salesian squad.

As expected, many key players are gone. However, the Indians have a very talented young group under coach Mike Kodama that will be solid this season and perhaps great the next two years.

Sophomore Carlos Rosales is the playmaker and center midfielder who makes everyone else around him better.

Carlos Rosales

“Mainly it’s a rebuilding year, but it’s not. Our expectations are to be back to where we want to be, competing for a league title,” Kodama said. “We have a lot to learn. The work rate is outstanding. We’re getting better all the time.”

Rosales and David Gerlach, also a sophomore, figure to be key players for the program for years as both played significant minutes last season. Gerlach figures to be mostly an offensive midfielder or as a secondary striker.

The Indians have senior Sebastian Kalemkarian in goal along with junior Edgar Rodriguez.

Defensively, sophomore Carter Wells appears to be a solid center back.  He could be joined by senior captain Olin Bernal Villalpando. Senior Victor Lopez could also see time in the middle of the back line.

Junior Luis Cortez, sophomore Manny Pascual and seniors Jonathan Ortega and Xavier Iniguez also give depth to the back line. One player who played up front last season, but has looked solid as a wing back is senior Topli Petko, who at 6-foot-3, will certainly give the Indians a physical presence.

In the midfield, senior Ariel Sanchez could be paired next to Rosales, where he might take on the role of the player who runs the most as a defensive midfielder.  Senior Jake Von, sophomore Elijah DuMonde, junior Esteban Alcantar and junior Sam Hawksworth could also figure into the midfield rotation. Freshman Patrick Abarca is a name to remember as a possible future star.

In the attack, freshman Manny Gonzalez has already scored, giving hope that he has a very bright future ahead. Sophomore Kurt Nelson and junior Matthew Cardenas are others who could star up front.

Burbank

Things are looking bright for the Bulldogs a year after going 0-13-5. Former Burbank star player Gor Kirakosyan takes over for Mike Alcaraz.

After two games things are already looking brighter as Burbank opened with a win over San Marino and a 1-0 loss to traditional power La Canada.

“I’m super excited. Hopefully we get started on a positive note,” Kirakosyan said. “We have a lot of young guys. We have confidence in them. We want to turn this around and have a better season.”

Burbank discusses things over before the season opener.

Six players return from a year ago.

Junior Christian Ramos is the starting goalkeeper.

Also back, defensively is junior center back Andy Cardenas.

In the midfield, seniors Ethan Jay and Paul Won return. Senior winger Andrew Senane and senior striker Artyom Ginosyan are also back.

The rest of the team is young, but talented.

Defensively, junior Ocelotl Tellez could see time at left back. Freshmen Alex Pino and Isaiah Marsh as well as sophomore Levon Sahakyan could also see time as wing backs. Sophomore Sebastian Causarano could see time as a center back or as a defensive midfielder.

In the midfield, Burbank will look for help from senior Harout Abgaryan, sophomore Allen Arsenian and freshmen Jack Taglang and Nicholas Diaz.

Sophomore right winger Saul Uribe is another player who can offer help in the offense.