Tag Archives: Burroughs boys soccer

Burroughs Boys Soccer Stunned in Overtime

Sometimes a little thing is all it takes to eliminate a team from the playoffs.

Saturday evening the Burroughs and West Torrance High boys’ soccer teams fought hard for 80 minutes without anyone finding the back of the net.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

But just a minute into the sudden death overtime period Burroughs was stunned by a fine goal from the visiting Warriors, who earned a spot in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory.

West Torrance sophomore Thomas Nakano set up the goal by firing a solid shot outside the goal box that Burroughs goalie Alfredo Tejada blocked.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Teammate Andrew Kang picked up the loose ball and blasted into the net.

“He’s got a powerful shot,” West Torrance coach Mike Shimizu said of Nakano.
Kang spoke of his goal.

“I anticipated a hard shot and I just followed up and it was there,” he said.

Both sides played relatively even throughout the match and neither had many fine goal scoring opportunities.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burroughs had what was the next best opportunity, which came via a penalty kick in the 24th minute.

David Gerlach intercepted the ball from West Torrance left back Koji Ueoka, who subsequently ran into and knocked down Gerlach, resulting in a penalty kick.

Manny Gonzalez’s penalty kick shot was hit with power down the middle, but West Torrance goalie Ethan Brandt, who is 6-foot-3, dove to his right and was able to make a foot save.

Burroughs had the first chance to score early in the match when Matthew Cardenas fired a fine long-range shot, but it was right at Brandt. Carlos Rosales also had a nice shot attempt in the 29th minute, but it too was from distance and right at Brandt.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Tejada came up big in the 46th minute when he denied a goal-scoring chance by West Torrance’s Max Kim.

Burroughs tried to surprise West Torrance (12-4-5) with a short corner in the 52nd minute, but Rosales’ one-touch shot went over the goal.

“I’m really proud of the boys. They left everything on the field. Our work rate was outstanding,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said of his team, which finishes 15-6-3.

“When you’re playing against a very good team, we had to make some adjustments. We had some guys who hadn’t played many minutes come in because we had guys go down with injuries. I have no regrets. I’m proud of how the boys played,” Kodama said.

Burroughs Boys Soccer Passes First Playoff Test

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team can thank its defense for helping it advance to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.

The defense and goalkeeping held off a number of challenges by visiting Ventura in a 1-0 victory Thursday at Memorial Field.
The effort was particularly impressive because the Indians played without injured junior center back Carter Wells, who has held the defense together the last two seasons. Wells suffered a leg injury late in the regular season against Hoover and his status for the rest of the playoffs is unknown.

“Carter is a strong player, one of our main guys. But he’s injured so we have to adapt to a new way of playing,” Burroughs goalie Alfredo Tejada said.
Burroughs moves on to the second round of the playoffs Saturday when the Indians will host West Torrance High.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Tejada came up big in the fifth minute with a sliding foot save.
He also denied Ventura’s Daniel Gutierrez in the 11th minute by saving his header.
But it was his save in the 23rd minute that was most impressive as Gutierrez nearly put a bouncing ball from outside the goal box into the left corner.

“That was a good shot. I just kept my position and dove and got there,” Tejada said.
The Indians (15-4-4) scored the lone goal of the game via a set piece, as sophomore Manny Gonzalez was able to flick a header past Ventura goalie Jason Lowell. It was his 18th goal of the season 34th of his career.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

“A shout out to Esteban (Alcantar),” Gonzalez said. “He always looks for me at the end and I was open.”
Defender Abihud Munoz, who teamed with Luis Cortes and Manny Pascual, who replaced Wells, spoke of the situation.

“Since Carter has been gone it has been difficult, but we have practiced very hard as a team in the back,” Munoz said.

Burroughs Boys Soccer Wins Big Over Hoover

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

If there is one thing that the Burroughs boys’ soccer team is doing better now than it did early on in the season, it is that the Indians and making the most of their opportunities.
The Indians scored three times in the first half en route to a 5-1 Pacific League victory over visiting Hoover High Friday at Memorial Field.

“We finished well today. Hoover plays tough defensively and they are hard to break down,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said.
Burroughs (12-2-4 overall, 8-0-2 in the league) now holds a four-point lead over Glendale High with four matches to play in the battle for the league title.

The Indians wasted little time getting on the board Friday.
Carlos Rosales faked out a group of Hoover defenders before putting the ball into the lower left corner of the goal in the 4th minute to give the Indians the lead.
Burroughs got a break in the 20th minute when a Hoover defender inadvertently fouled David Gerlach in the goal box even though Gerlach didn’t have the ball.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Indians were awarded a penalty kick and Gonzalez converted to double the lead.
Gonzalez, who is a sophomore, scored his second goal in the 38th minute when he turned around at the top of the goal box and fired a right-footed shot up into the right corner of the goal.
Burroughs scored for the second time off a set piece in the 50th minute when Gonzalez curled a free kick over the Hoover wall and inside the right goal post to make it 4-0.

Rosales capped the scoring for Burroughs in the 66th minute by taking a ball along the left wing before sneaking inside the goal box where he finished with a shot past the Hoover goalkeeper.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

“This was a great team win starting from the back and working its way up. I feel like we got a good amount of minutes out of everyone. We have big expectations this year and we want to see if we can achieve them,” Gonzalez. “We come into the league thinking that anything less than the (winning) league is disappointing. We expect to win every year and once the playoffs get here, it is a matter of who wants it more.”

Hoover (3-5-3 in the league) got on the board in the 73rd minute when Vladimir Centero finished off a cross from Kevin Mirzakhanian by putting into in the upper right corner of the goal.

A Look Back at the Best of 2018

The 2018 year in sports in Burbank was not the best, nor the worst on record. The best individual performances were in track and field, as Burroughs Jagdeep Chahal was the CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion in the boys 1,600 meters. Elizabeth Switzer led the Burroughs girls’ track team by qualifying for the state championships in the pole vault. Burroughs golfer Kiara Hernandez was also outstanding in being the best in the Pacific League. The following is a look back at the best teams that Burbank and Burroughs highs put forth in 2018.

10. Burroughs boys soccer
The Indians went 15-9-1 in 2018 and finished second in the Pacific League with a young core that was made up mostly of sophomores.
Carlos Rosales led the midfield and Carter Wells became the heart of the defense. Freshman Manny Gonzalez scored 16 goals, a program record under coach Mike Kodama. This group will get only better in 2019 and 2020.
9. Burroughs softball
The Indians finished runner-up to Crescenta Valley in the Pacific League standings. But Burroughs once again put together a solid season, finishing with a 14-5-1 record and advancing to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs. Pitcher Presley Miraglia moved to play at Cal State Long Beach.
8. Burroughs girls soccer
The Indians had a stellar season going 15-3-3 overall to place second in league. Burroughs won its first CIF Southern Section playoff game since 2009 with a wild-card victory over Brentwood School. Freshman Lauryn Bailey and junior Abbie Riggs were two of the Indians’ key offensive players. Olivia Cashman and Emily McHorney were two other top players.
7. Burroughs girls cross country
The Indians finished second in the Pacific League behind Burbank, ending a domination by Crescenta Valley and or Arcadia, that had won the league title every year for more than a quarter century. Burroughs also went on to advance to the CIF Southern Section finals. Sophomore Jordan Guzman and freshman Sophia Navarro led the way for a team that figures to have created arguably the most competitive rivalry with Burbank High of any in the city.
6. Burbank football
The Bulldogs turned in yet another fine season, even though they lost the league title to Arcadia. Burbank won every game it was expected to win and put together a fine 7-4 campaign. Seniors Matthew Porras, Erik Harutyunyan and Duncan Smith will definitely be remembered for the mark they left at the school and all are projected to play in college.
5. Burroughs girls basketball

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians turned in another fine season in 2018, finishing with a 23-8 record and a share of the Pacific League title. The team was blessed with a solid freshmen core who are now sophomores, led by Faith Boulanger and Kayla Wrobel. This has consistently been one of the top teams in the city under veteran coach Vicky Oganyan and that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon.
4. Burbank boys track and field

The Bulldogs captured the Pacific League dual meet title in coach Darin Wolf’s final season. Burbank counted on hurdler Sergio Aguilar, as well as a solid sprint crew led by Cole Le’au, Oladele Hospidales and Bryan David. Victor Goli led a deep and young distance running core.
3. Burroughs girls volleyball

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The Indians had an outstanding season under coach Edwin Real. capturing the Pacific League title. Burroughs went 27-9 and reached the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section 3 playoffs, narrowly losing to eventual CIF champion Village Christian in five games. Juliana Van Loo went on to earn All-CIF honors. Burroughs figures to be strong again next year with Lydia Grote returning to lead the way.
2. Burroughs boys volleyball

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Indians won their ninth consecutive Pacific League title under coach Joel Brinton. Burroughs also advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs, only to be eliminated by national power Loyola of Los Angeles. Diego Rosal and Cole Kaitz were the leaders for Burroughs.

1. Burbank girls cross country

Sol Fernandez

The Bulldogs won their first league title outright since 1978 and advanced to the CIF Finals, finishing 10th in Division 1. Burbank was led by senior Shalom Mejia and junior Sol Fernandez. Although this was an experienced group that will lose several top runners to graduation, there is a great group coming up replace those that will depart. Expect Burbank to be very strong again in 2019.

Burroughs, CV Boys Soccer Draw 1-1

The final score in soccer is not always indicative of how a match went.
That could be said of the match the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team played Tuesday at Memorial Field.
Both the Indians and visiting Crescenta Valley were ready, came prepared and fought hard for an entire 80 minutes of an entertaining match.
In the end, a 1-1 draw that seemed fitting for the two sides that have captured the last two Pacific League titles.
“It is always a battle and a fun and exciting game with these guys,” Burroughs central defender Carter Wells said. “Both teams don’t stop trying.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs (4-2-1 overall, 2-0-1 in the league) got on the board in the 10th minute when David Gerlach put home a loose ball that was deflected after a corner kick.
The Indians took the 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
Crescenta Valley (3-2-2, 1-0-2) came out motivated in the second half and forced Burroughs goalie Alfredo Tejada to make 10 saves.
The Falcons, who won the league title last year, notched things up in the 49th minute when Caleb Abad was off to the races on a counter attack. The senior went down the right sideline and was able to tuck the ball into the left corner of Tejada’s goal.
“It’s always disappointing not to get three (points), but in the end we tried our hardest and they played a great game,” Wells added. “I didn’t drop the defense back far enough. We can hopefully learn from our mistakes and prevent it next time.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Tejada credited the visiting Falcons for making it difficult to operate.
“We were trying to play through our middle,” Tejada said. “We kind of struggled with it but it will get there.”
Burroughs had a chance to break the deadlock in the 61st minute when Manny Gonzalez snuck through the Falcon defense and the linesman’s flag stayed down. But CV goalie Nick Shahbandarian came out to make a nice save.
CV’s Jesus Pena gave Burroughs difficulty and almost scored a number of times. Tejada denied him with a diving save in the 79th minute.
Burroughs coach Mike Kodama assessed the match.
“We expected a battle and it was a 1-1 battle. You have to make sure your shape is good defensively and when the opportunity arises to take advantage of it,” Kodama said. “We had our chances, we couldn’t put it away today. That’s part of the game.”

 

Burroughs Boys Soccer Outlasts Glendale

It took the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team a while to get going.
But once the Indians got going they were not going to be beat, winning 3-0 on the road against Glendale High Friday in a Pacific League contest.
“We changed the formation in the second half and it worked because we scored three goals,” Burroughs attacking midfielder Esteban Alcantar said. “The goals come with time. We just had to regroup.”
Burroughs (4-2 overall, 2-0 in league) scored all three of its goals in the second half, two of which were scored by Alcantar.
The senior got Burroughs on the board in the 48th minute when he curled a free kick inside the left post.
“It was all technique,” Alcantar said. “It is something I’ve been practicing since eighth grade.”
Burroughs coach Mike Kodama was glad the second-half changes he made paid off.
“We have so many guys returning. In the second half I inserted Patrick (Abarca) and the ball really started to move and it allowed Esteban and Manny (Gonzalez) and guys to move off the ball,” he said. “That was big for us.”

Another switch at halftime was inserting freshman Wilson Harting as a center back alongside senior Luis Cortes and junior Carter Wells in a 3-5-2 formation. The trio helped preserve a shutout for goalie Alfredo Tejada.
Burroughs nearly scored again in the 56th on a give and go between Alcantar and Carlos Rosales resulted in Alcantar hitting a curling shot against the right post.
Sam Hawksworth nearly put in the rebound, only to have it snatched away on the goal line by a Glendale defender.
Burroughs doubled its lead in the 69th minute when Rosales lofted a pass to Gonzalez, who was able to beat Glendale goalie Hrak Tahmasian in a foot race for the loose ball and put the ball into the empty net.
The Indians went up 3-0 in the 73rd minute when a cross by Gonzalez from the right side found Alcantar, who finished it off by getting it past Tahmasian.
Glendale fell to 3-2-1 overall and 1-1 in league.
Burroughs will host Crescenta Valley on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in what could be a key match in the race for the Pacific League title.

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.

Burroughs Boys Soccer Wins Opener Over Kennedy

The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team opened the season by showing a number of things.
For one, the Indians showed they can score and do so quickly.

The Indians also showed that they need to improve their intensity for a full 80 minutes.
Fortunately, the first test was passed with a 3-2 victory over visiting Kennedy of Granada Hills in the Ralph Brandt Tournament at Memorial Field.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“We had our chances early,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said. “I think Kennedy got some confidence midway through the second half and they put us on our heels and we had to adjust.”

Burroughs dominated the first half and could have put the match away.
Burroughs took the lead just eight minutes into the contest as Elias Galaviz put the ball into the empty net after his shot deflected off of Kennedy goalie Andrew Maximo.

The Indians continued to impress, doubling their lead in the 18th minute as Manny Gonzalez put a ball through to Sam Hawksworth, who put a left-footed shot past Maximo.
Gonzalez, who scored 16 times as a freshman, missed a golden opportunity in the 23rd minute but fired at Maximo.
Kennedy came back and cut Burroughs’ lead in half in the 56th minute when Daniel Meza hooked a ball into the upper right corner of the goal.
That inspired the Cougars, who continually gave Burroughs fits.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Two minutes later Burroughs junior playmaker Carlos Rosales came to the rescue.
Rosales somehow snuck in unmarked and took a headed pass by Esteban Alcantar and dribbled around Maximo before putting the ball into the empty net.

“Carlos is like the engine of the team,” Hawksworth said. “We all have to play with him and pass to him.”
Gonzalez could have put the match away in the 59th minute, but he had a shot attempt blocked by Maximo.

Kennedy (0-3) fought right back and made it 3-2 in the 61st minute on a fine free-kick from Bryan Ramos.

Burroughs Boys Soccer Surges Past Glendale 4-1

The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team didn’t come out from the opening whistle like a race horse.

However the Indians finished Tuesday’s Pacific League contest the way they wanted to in a 4-1 win over host Glendale High.

“I think the first 10 minutes we weren’t really awake but after that we pretty much controlled the whole game,” Burroughs defender Jake Von said.

Burroughs (13-7-1, 7-3-1 in league) eventually got on the board in the 19th minute when wing back Topli Petko set up Xavier Iniguez on the Indians’ first goal.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians doubled their advantage in the 54th minute when set up Esteban Alacantar on a goal.

“In the second half we got our rhythm going,” Petko said. “We started firing it up and playing the ball. The last 40 minutes it was all about playing simple and finding those gaps.”

Glendale made things interesting by getting back a goal off a counter attack opportunity.

However Burroughs continued to put pressure on the Nitros. It resulted in two more goals, both scored by freshman Manny Gonzalez. He leads the team with 11 goals on the season, a school record for a freshman.

He scored in the 70th minute off a pass from Carlos Rosales to make it 3-1. Five minutes later he added another goal, this one coming on an assist from William Rosales.

“I think with William and Carlitos and Esteban they started passing it one touch and the whole team picked it up from there,” Von added.

Burroughs is now in the driver’s seat to finish second in league after Crescenta Valley clinched the league title with a win over Muir. Burbank High meanwhile rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat Arcadia, 3-2. Burroughs had been tied with Arcadia for second in league.

 

Looking Back at 2017 in Sports

A year after arguably the most successful year local sports teams have ever had, 2017 turned out to be almost equally as strong. A number of athletes and teams achieved many things to be proud. This is a review of the top 10 teams of 2017 from Burbank and Burroughs highs.

  1. Burbank Boys Basketball

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs may have not won a Pacific League title, but their postseason run was nothing short of amazing. Burbank finished with a 25-10 record and came as close to winning as a CIF title as one could have, losing only by one point on an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer against Brentwood. In its playoff run, the Bulldogs defeated teams few gave them a chance of winning. Burbank defeated  La Sierra of Riverside, followed by second seeded Crean Lutheran and then Rancho Mirage, whose shortest starter was as tall as Burbank’s tallest. The Bulldogs also rallied from a 13-point deficit against Rancho Mirage. Michael Woods was the leader of the group of seniors who had played together for several years, ultimately resulting in arguably the best season in school history.

  1. Burbank Football

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A year after getting to the CIF championship game, Burbank was hit hard by losses to graduation. But the Bulldogs still had a small core that knew what it was like to win. This team, unlike the team a year ago, went on to win the Pacific League title under first-year coach Adam Colman. Burbank also knocked off top-seeded  South Hills during its playoff run before falling to Don Lugo in the CIF semifinals.  The Bulldogs have a lot of talent coming back for next season, so this team has lots to look forward to in 2018.

 

  1. Burroughs Boys Soccer

Photo courtesy Christina Quintero

The Indians put together a stellar season as longtime head coach Mike Kodama earned his 10th league title. Burroughs went 19-5-4 overall and 11-2-1 in league. The Indians won a pair of CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoff matches, including one on the road and in the rain against Paso Robles. Eventually Burroughs’ run was stopped by a fine Salesian side.

 

  1. Burroughs Boys Volleyball

The Indians continued their streak of eight consecutive Pacific League titles by finishing 16-13 overall and

10-0 in league. While the record may not look impressive, Burroughs was playing against the toughest competition out there, playing in Division 1 in the CIF playoffs. The Indians outlasted Newbury Park in the first round of the playoffs, before falling to national power Huntington Beach in the second round.

  1. Burbank Girls Tennis

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Bulldogs finished 11-5 overall and third in the tough and deep Pacific League and had to win a wild card match just to make it into the main draw. They did that and went on to win two more CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoff matches before falling to top seeded Northwood of Irvine in the quarterfinals.

  1. Burroughs Girls Volleyball

Led by University of Washington bound outside hitter Marin Grote, the Indians went 28-7 and captured the Pacific League title. Burroughs advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs before losing to Westridge of Pasadena.

 

  1. Burroughs Boys Water Polo

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians went 15-9 and fought off Hoover to win the Pacific League title. A year after winning a CIF title, Burroughs moved up to Division 3, where it advanced to the second round of the playoffs before losing to Dos Pueblos of Goleta.

  1. Burroughs Softball

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians were not as sharp as they have been in the past. Still they were able to earn a share of the Pacific League title, going 19-9 overall and 12-2 in league. Playing in Division 1, the Indians were not so fortunate in the playoffs, losing to Oaks Christian in the first round.

  1. Burroughs Boys Cross Country

Alexander Hirsch of Burroughs

This very talented veteran group actually struggled for much of the season, but came on strong in Pacific League Finals to top a fine Arcadia squad for second place on the Apaches’ home course. Arcadia had defeated Burroughs in the first two league meets. Jagdeep Chahal also took home honors as the league’s individual champion.

  1. Burbank Girls Cross Country

Shalom Mejia of Burbank

The Bulldogs went neck and neck with Burroughs all season, with Burbank taking the first league meet by a large margin. Burroughs bounced back and beat Burbank narrowly twice. But the Bulldogs make the cut here due to its qualification for CIF Finals, where Burbank finished 20th in Division 1.  It was just the third time in program history that the lady Bulldogs qualified for CIF Finals.