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Burroughs Girls Soccer Steps It Up Against Burbank

The Burroughs High girls’ soccer team capped off one of its best regular seasons in recent memory Thursday as the Indians put together a fine second-half attack to top host Burbank 7-0 in a Pacific League match.

Burroughs (15-2-3, 9-1-2 in league) led just 1-0 over the Bulldogs (1-13-2, 0-10-2) in the first half.

But the Indians completely took over the match in the second half, scoring twice within the first six minutes.

“We just had one of those halves where it just doesn’t go in,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “In the second half we tried to go wider and bring the ball in and it worked. It is something we’ve worked on all year.”

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Catrina Villalpando had a huge game for Burroughs and is happy the way the Indians look going into the CIF playoffs next week.

“We feel really confident. I think we can do really well this year and go a lot further than we have before,” Villalpando said.

She scored the Indians’ first goal, taking a pass from Abbie Riggs in the 16th minute which she put past Burbank goalie Ashley Im.

Villalpando then became the distributor to say the least.

Samantha Avendano doubled Burroughs’ lead not long after the whistle to start the second half, taking a pass from Villalpando and putting it in the lower right corner.

Five minutes later, Villalpando and Avendano hooked up once again on a goal that was very similar to the previous one.

Villalpando then decided to strike up a friendship with Ava Kramer in the 60th minute.

She delivered a cross to Kramer in full stride at the edge of the box. Kramer was able to put all of her weight behind the line drive into the upper left corner of the goal.

Kramer added a second goal in the 63rd minute by putting in a beautiful cross on a free kick that she knocked in from the back post.

Villalpando later assisted a 72nd minute goal by Megan Rangel-Lynch.

Burroughs freshman Lauryn Bailey added a seventh goal in stoppage time.

 

 

Burroughs Girls Soccer Dominates Burbank

A year ago the Burbank and Burroughs girls’ soccer programs were relatively on par with one another.

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Things have changed greatly in a year. Friday afternoon Burroughs dominated the Bulldogs 4-0 in a Pacific League match at Memorial Field.

Burroughs had 24 shot attempts. Burbank did not have any shot attempts.

“I’m pleased with how we played. We played our soccer, which is what we want to do,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “It doesn’t matter who we are playing.”

Burroughs (10-2-2 overall, 5-1-1 in the league) scored three times in the first half.

Freshman Lauryn Bailey got things started in the seventh minute by scoring on an assist from Abbie Riggs.

Burroughs doubled its lead in the 14th minute when Bailey scored on an assist from Trinity Vournas.

Catrina Villalpando pushed the lead to three goals in the 27th minute thanks to an assist from Trinity Vournas.

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Burbank (1-8-2, 0-5-2) allowed just one more goal in the second half.

“We try to get a little better every time we step on the field and I think we had a better second half. In the second half we allowed just one goal. It got a little physical. The rivalry is always there,” Burbank coach Pablo Diaz said. “I wish both teams were a little more about playing soccer than the rivalry.”

Burroughs scored its fourth goal in the 57th minute when Orla Giffen put back a loose ball from the edge of the goal box into the lower left corner.

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Tempers were clearly disrupting the flow of the game. Brady Riggs said the fact that Burbank didn’t have a shot on goal was a factor in that.

“Any time that happens you’re going to get frustrated. That’s to be expected,” Riggs said. “For us, it is actually a compliment that they felt the only thing they could do was to be physical with us.”

Burroughs, Burbank Girls’ Soccer Looking for Return to Playoffs

Establishing solid programs is what the Burroughs and Burbank High girls’ soccer teams have become.

Both teams qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs a year ago and both are hoping to make a return to postseason play.

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Burroughs returns a solid core from a team that went 12-5-1 overall and 9-4-1 in league last season. The Indians lost in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.

The Indians have begun this season with a 4-1-1 record, including a 2-0 league record.

Senior center midfielder Mireya Gonzalez is a returning first-team all-league pick. She will be looking to find striker Maddie Riggs up top. Riggs was a second-team all-league pick and has signed to play golf at UC Irvine.

Joining Maddie Riggs in the attack will be sophomore Tatiana Mosdale and junior Catrina Villalpando.

In goal, Burroughs has seniors Emily Orsatt and Emma Bartram vying for the starting spot.

Senior Alondra Solis is expected to play a key role in the midfield alongside Gonzalez. Junior Maddy Sena is one of three team captains and will hold down a starting spot in the midfield.

“We have a good mix. We have four starting seniors, five starting juniors and two starting sophomores,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “Our depth is very young, but we’ve got a good program now. There is great camaraderie with this team and we expect to have a good season.”

Senior Larissa Perez is a starting central defender and is joined in the middle by junior Carina Sierra. Junior Nathalie Celio and sophomore Emily McHorney are expected to hold down the defensive wing positions. Junior Anna Kasper also figures to hold down a starting spot.

Senior Sarah Faucheux and sophomore Samantha Avendano provide depth on defense.

Sophomore Abbie Riggs provides depth to the midfield. Makena Sierra and Callie Suppa were both out last season with injuries and will look to help fill in as needed. Senior Bella Nava is another option Burroughs has in the attack.

Burbank went 11-5-3 last year and 9-4-1 in league and went to the second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. The Bulldogs have nine returning players and are led by senior and four-year varsity player Kira Bochard, who is coming off a successful cross country season.

The Bulldogs have lost their first two league games this season, both without Bochard.  Bochard is expected to re-join the team this week after finishing club soccer commitments.

“It’s growing pains that we’ll work out,” Burbank coach Eric Montoya said after a loss at Glendale High. “Once the team starts gelling, once they get each other’s trust, we’ll be a strong team.”

Also back are senior defender Melanie Tirado, utility player Cynthia De La Cruz, goalie Nicole Winters, midfielder Jamie Giammichele, midfielder Pricilla Romero, midfielder Julia Ordonez and defender Katie Trujillo.

Also returning is junior midfielder Adrianne Sarukhanyan.

New to the squad are sophomore Maria Perez, senior Ileana Guerrero, sophomore Nicki Urrego, junior Amanda Kim, senior Isabella Palau, junior Alexia Muller, sophomore Kamille Eugenio, junior Ryan Verhoeven, sophomore Isabel Partida, senior Daniela Yanez, junior Victoria Mongiardo and sophomore Jessica Rocha.