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Burroughs Girls Water Polo Reaches CIF Division VI Quarterfinals

By Rick Assad

 

A pound of confidence has gone a really long way for the Burroughs High girls’ water polo team.

It seems after falling to perennial power Crescenta Valley 8-6 on Feb. 8 in the Pacific League championship, this has empowered the Indians to reach the CIF Southern Section Division VI quarterfinals after sideswiping visiting Walnut 13-5 in the second round on Thursday afternoon.

Gwendolyn Turla scored two goals and added four steals in a CIF Southern Section second-round win over Walnut. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“That game versus CV just showed the girls that we are a force to be reckoned with,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “It’s really cool to see their confidence. This is the most confident they’ve been all season. They’re taking it to the next level.”

Behind the overall play of junior utility Aleah Orozco, who had a match-high five goals with four steals and junior attacker Brianna Meneses with three goals, the Indians (12-5) will now play Tustin on Saturday.

“I think honestly, because CV has been a really big rival of ours since forever, that we’ve always come after them and I really think that we came so close to them and that made us more confident,” Orozco said.

Junior Isabella Erickson and sophomore Emmanuella Nathan, the backup, were both outstanding in Thursday’s rout of the Mustangs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Orozco added: “The confidence somehow turned a lightbulb in our head and caused our offense and defense to get better.”

Senior utility Gwendolyn Turla (four steals) along with senior attacker Bianca Sanchez each dropped in two goals while senior attacker Cameron Flores added one goal.

“Nice balance of having a very good defense and then having scorers all around,” Cook said. “Our defense played a really tight press. They were playing in their face. They’re really confident.”

Burroughs, which lost to Crescenta Valley 11-6 in its first league encounter on Jan. 9, sprinted ahead 3-2 in the first quarter.

Turla’s eight-footer with an assist from junior goalie Isabella Erickson made it 1-0 with 6:01 left on the clock.

Orozco’s 12-footer with an assist from Turla evened it at 2-2 with 3:25 left in the period.

The Indians were sharp-shooters against Walnut, which lost 13-5 on Thursday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When Flores found the back of the net on a 10-foot dart with Turla’s assist and 1:34 remaining, the Indians waltzed ahead 3-2.

Burroughs pulled in front 6-3 at halftime after Sanchez unloaded an eight-footer on an assist from Flores with 6:40 on the ticker that made it 4-2.

The Indians’ advantage swelled to 5-2 with 2:33 left in the second period on Turla’s 12-footer with an assist from sophomore goalie Emmanuella Nathan.

When Orozco scored on a five-foot blast with help from Sanchez and five seconds left, the lead ballooned to 6-3.

Sanchez scored on an eight-foot dagger with Turla’s assist that pushed the margin to 7-3 with 6:48 left in the third quarter.

Orozco scored from eight feet with 5:11 on the clock to make it 8-3 and Orozco then added a 10-footer with 4:32 left that made it 9-3 heading into the fourth period.

A tally by Orozco from five feet supplied the Indians a 11-3 edge with 5:51 showing.

Meneses then scored three goals in the fourth period that included a 12-footer with 6:37 left for a 10-3 lead, a 12-footer on an assist from junior attacker Isabel Rosado with 3:18 remaining for a 12-4 edge and an eight-footer on another assist from Rosado with 2:32 left that made it 13-4.

Senior Kaitlin Garrett knocked in three goals for the Mustangs (13-13) and junior Paris Alvarado chipped in with two.

Garrett’s 10-footer with 4:03 left evened it at 1-1 in the initial frame and Garrett’s 10-footer gave Walnut a 2-1 lead with 3:42 left heading into the second quarter.

Garrett’s eight-footer with an assist from Alvarado and 1:24 left before the half cut the Indians’ lead to 5-3.

Alvarado’s five-meter penalty shot with 5:36 left in the match shaved the advantage to 11-4 and Alvarado’s six-footer with 54 seconds showing made it 13-5.

Burroughs Girls Soccer Edges Past Brentwood 1-0

By Rick Assad

 

A single goal early on was the difference in Tuesday’s CIF Southern Section Division IV wild-card playoff match between the Burroughs High girls’ soccer team and Brentwood at Memorial Field.

The only tally came in the third minute and was knocked into the back of the net by junior defender Emily McHorney on an assist by freshman forward Lauryn Bailey.

“Basically we like to play defense first, but we also like to push off at the same time,” McHorney said of the win. “Being cautious, but not too cautious at the same time.”

Catrina Villalpando gets her foot on the ball in a 1-0 win over Brentwood in a CIF Southern Section Division IV wild-card match. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Just prior to McHorney’s 15-yard blast that made it 1-0, sophomore midfielder Olivia Cashman’s 35-yarder caromed off the crossbar.

Burroughs, which placed second in the Pacific League and also won its first playoff match since 2009, will travel three hours to Santa Ynez (16-1-1) for a 3 p.m. first-round clash on Thursday.

“We probably could have made it a little easier on ourselves by putting away a chance or two,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “The thing this team does so well is when we get a lead, we’re so experienced, the girls play so well as a group and they make really good judgments on the field.”

Sophomore forward Trinity Vournas moves the ball down the field during a wild-card triumph over the Eagles. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the fifth minute, senior defender Gabby Soofer had a 41-yard free kick for the Eagles (9-6-5 and fourth place in the Gold Coast League).

But the Indians had the next three boots that included a 40-yard free kick from senior defender Anna Kasper in the sixth minute, senior forward Catrina Villalpando’s 30-yarder in the sixth minute and senior defender Natalie Celio’s 30-yarder in the eighth minute.

Brentwood junior forward Kelly Tipton had a 20-yarder in the ninth minute, only to see Burroughs (15-2-3) rattle off seven kicks that included Cashman’s 30-yarder in the 11th minute, Cashman’s 35-yarder in the 13th minute, sophomore forward Trinity Vournas’ 25-yarder that sailed wide left in the 16th minute and senior midfielder Maddy Sena’s 40-yarder in the 20th minute.

The other kicks were junior midfielder Abbie Riggs’ 35-yard laser three minutes later, sophomore defender Orla Giffen’s 35-yarder that scooted wide right in the 24th minute and sophomore defender Ava Kramer’s 25-yard blast in the 26th minute.

Olivia Cashman gets the ball rolling for the Indians, who knocked off visiting Brentwood in a CIF wild-card match. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“The thing we’ve done is we’ve been able to play the way we need to win,” Riggs said. “We’ll be ready to go. I’m really confident in how they’re doing.”

Sophomore midfielder Ava Deconcini broke the streak with a 25-yarder in the 29th minute for the Eagles.

But Bailey had a 25-yard bullet in the 31st minute and Villalpando’s rebound in the same minute hit the crossbar.

Junior defender Clair Altman delivered a corner kick for Brentwood in the 35th minute followed by freshman and teammate, midfielder Sadie Sarkisian’s 15-yarder.

Kramer then added a 35-yarder that was too high in the 36th minute and Giffen tossed in a 30-yarder a minute later.

Soofer’s 41-yard free kick in extra time was the last attempt in the opening half.

Olivia Cashman (#4) digs out the ball while Abbie Riggs (#10) is ready for the pass. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians then began the second half by collecting four straight kicks and they included Riggs’ 35-yard free kick in the 45th minute, Bailey’s 21-yard free kick a few minutes later, Riggs’ 15-yarder that nailed the upright in the 49th minute and Riggs’ 20-yarder that drifted wide left two minutes later.

Soofer chimed in with a free kick that was headed by Deconcini in the 54th minute.

Deconcini had a 35-yarder in the 58th minute and then added a 15-yarder in the 65th minute.

Senior forward Issy Levi tossed in a header that struck the crossbar in the 66th minute for Brentwood.

Kasper’s 34-yard free kick in the 71st minute was off target and Giffen’s 20-yarder was wide left two minutes later.

Soofer’s 45-yard free kick was off target in the 74th minute, Villalpando’s 20-yarder missed in the 76th minute, and Soofer’s 38-yard free kick in extra time ended the fray.

Burroughs senior goal keeper Samantha Martinez was seemingly nothing less than brilliant, especially in the second half when the setting sun was directly in her face.