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Burroughs Boys Soccer End Season With 4-1 Loss To Montebello In CIF First Round

By Rick Assad

Facing a superb defensive team, the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team had to find some room in order to get off shots.

Montebello wouldn’t allow much space and dominated the action from the outset on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field in a CIF Southern Section Division III first-round playoff match.

Manny Gonzalez, Burroughs’ top scorer, tried his best but could not lead the Indians to a win. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Oilers scored two first-half goals and then tacked on two more while the Indians managed just one tally and lost 4-1 before a supportive crowd.

Burroughs’ lone score came in the 52nd minute when junior forward Elias Galaviz knocked in a penalty kick from inside the box after a hand-ball violation that trimmed Montebello’s advantage to 3-1.

Not to be overlooked are the 10 seniors on the Burroughs squad and they are midfielder Dylan Mahoney, defender Manny Pascual, midfielder Elijah DuMonde, midfielder Juan Carlos Rosales, defender Abihud Munoz, midfielder Colgan Martin, defender Carter Wells, who was injured for much of the season with a torn ACL, midfielder Kobe Estrada, forward David Gerlach and goalie Hyatt Entz.

“Every day is a new challenge and you always have to work hard every single day and keep growing as a team and I have to keep growing as a coach,” Burroughs coach Mitchell Komada said.

Senior midfielder Elijah DuMonde uses his head to control the ball in a CIF opening-round match against Montebello. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

These players helped the Indians place second in the Pacific League this season and first last year.

“They shot that attack very well and made it very difficult for us to find our rhythm and to find space for ourselves,” said Komada, who took over for his father, Mike, midway through the season.

Beside Montebello’s defensive stickiness, it was also marvelous at being on defense and then transitioning to offense.

The Oilers (17-5-5 and 8-2 for a three-way first-place tie in the Almont League) scored their initial goal in the 13th minute on a corner kick from junior midfielder Luis Estrada that somehow deflected off sophomore defender Wilson Harting’s foot and into the net.

Two minutes later on a set piece, Montebello stretched its lead to 2-0 on a 15-yard laser from senior forward Edgar Alegria.

Senior midfielder Juan Carlos Rosales moves the ball past Montebello’s Jose Gonzalez. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Never just stop giving up and keep on playing,” said Alegria, Montebello’s leading scorer with 10 goals. “It was just communicating. Moving it around. We all played amazing.”

The Oilers seized control 3-1 when junior midfielder Cesar Monsivais drilled a 15-yarder off a free kick in the 49th minute.

Montebello made it a three-goal differential in the 56th minute when senior midfielder Abraham Ramirez scored on a 10-yard laser after a wonderful assist from senior midfielder Vincent Mendez.

“We apply pressure. I think when you apply pressure to a team, they have to think quick and they lose it sometimes and then we want to attack,” said Montebello coach Jesus Garcia, who has led the Oilers to 11 league titles in 15 seasons. “Once we get that first one, it’s a totally different mindset.”

In the sixth minute, Monsivais’ 30-yarder sailed over the crossbar and a 35-yarder by Monsivais in the 12th minute was off.

Manny Gonzalez was blanketed all afternoon by the Oilers. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A minute later, a 25-yarder from Alegria missed and Mendez’s 35-yard direct kick a minute later also failed.

Junior forward Manny Gonzalez’s penalty kick was off in the 17th minute for the Indians (12-8-3 and 10-2-2 in league).

Gonzalez is Burroughs’ top goal scorer, but on this day was bottled up and couldn’t get off high-percentage shots.

Sophomore fullback Chris Amador’s 20-yarder in the 17th minute hit the right post and Ramirez’s 25-yarder in the 18th minute failed.

Gonzalez then added a 28-yard penalty kick in the 23rd minute, but it was wide right.

A 15-yard header in the 26th minute by Alegria was nullified after an offside call and Alegria’s 15-yard header in the 31st minute just missed the goal.

A direct kick from Rosales in the 38th minute didn’t find the target and a 25-yard from Monsivais in extra time also missed.

Mendez’s 26-yard free kick in the 45th minute was off and Gonzalez’s 35-yard free kick in the 47th minute didn’t find the back of the net.

Sophomore forward Edgar Lopez’s 20-yarder in the 48th minute didn’t locate the target for the Oilers and Galaviz’s 24-yard direct kick in the 52nd minute missed.

Alegria’s 30-yarder in the 59th minute failed, five minutes later Alegria’s 15-yarder was too high and Estrada’s 25-yard free kick in the 68th minute was off.

In the 76th minute, a 30-yarder from Rosales failed and Gonzalez’s 38-yarder in extra time was also off.

Burroughs jJunior goalie Jacob Cardenas was at times under siege while junior Mark Gamez had it much easier.

Boys Soccer Teams Face Question Marks

The Burroughs and Burbank High boys’ soccer teams could both have successful seasons this year, but it will be interesting to see how both teams adapt to new coaches. Burroughs is the defending league champion and returns much of its team from a year ago. But the Indians will have to do with a new coach on short notice as Mike Kodama recently resigned to take care of his health. He is still assisting with the team, however. Angel Cardenas, a former Burbank player, takes over as the head coach.

Burroughs

The Indians have the framework of a team that could go very far in the CIF Southern Section playoffs after going 15-6-3 overall and making it to the second round a year ago.

Senior veteran center back Carter Wells, a three-year starter who is coming off of a torn meniscus injury that forced him to miss the end of last season, spoke of the outlook for 2020.

“We all love Mike and it is very heart breaking but he has to take care of himself. I know he’s going to try to be out here during the season,” Wells said.  “We’re looking forward to this season. This is a big year. We’re looking to go far, both in league and hopefully CIF. We’re a tight-knit group on and off the field.”

As defending Pacific League champions, most of the starting lineup from a year ago remains intact.
Senior midfielder Carlos Rosales has been the deep-lying playmaker that the team has been built around the last two seasons. A four-year varsity player, he could be the player that leads the Indians to its first CIF championship match since 1994.

Junior Manny Gonzalez has scored 34 goals in his first two years in the program and earned All-CIF honors a year ago. He played on the wing last season, but may see more time in the middle this year.

Senior David Gerlach is also a four-year varsity player who figures to occupy the opposite wing from Gonzalez.

In the back, sophomore Wilson Harting should pair nicely with Wells. Harting played well in the back as a freshman under pressure when Wells was out injured.

Senior Manny Pascual is a third-year varsity player who can play a number of roles, but is likely to play as a wing back or in the midfield. His versatility may be a key component of the squad.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

 

Junior Patrick Abarca is also in his third year on varsity. He is a talented midfielder who could feature in a role just behind the strikers.
Junior Elias Galaviz is similar to Abarca in that he is a talented offensive player who may play as a striker even though he handles the ball well enough to play in the midfield.

Senior Elijah Dumonde is another third-year varsity player who will be expected to do lots of the dirty work in the midfield.

Senior Dylan Mahoney is a returner who should see time at right back. Senior Matthew Rampacek is also a returning wing back.

Junior Jacob Cardenas takes over as the starting goalie, having been a reserve on the varsity last year. Senior Hyatt Entz is expected to also compete for playing time in the goal.

Among the newcomers, sophomores Jonathan Gerlach and Zachary Levy will add depth in the back, along with junior Josiah Aviles and seniors Joseph Soto and Colgan Martin.

Senior Abihud Munoz also returns and could allow for Burroughs to play with three center backs, which could push the wing backs to move further forward.

Senior Kobe Estrada moves up from the junior varsity and should offer help in the midfield as should junior Sebastian Reinoso.

Junior Ricardo Lopez might be the true center forward that the Indians could use.

Burbank

The Bulldogs look to continue to move forward after finishing 3-10-3 last year, including a 2-9-3 league mark. They return nine varsity players.

Sophomore Freddy Cardenas should pick up the as a team leader in the midfield, replacing brother Andy, who was the captain a year ago. His brother, Angel Cardenas, is the new head coach.
“We’re not going to go from being the worst team to the top. It is a process. But for sure, this squad is better than last years,” said Angel Cardenas, who graduated in 2013.  “The last time we made the playoffs was my junior year. I’m just trying to improve us.”

In goal, the Bulldogs will look to a pair of seniors in Jack McKinnon or Luis Estrada to take the goalie gloves.

Senior center back Kaiyne Nzenwa returns and should play a key role. Senior Eddie Bowman and junior Andrei Rodriguez both are varsity returners who should feature as wing defenders. Junior Omar Al-Issa could also see time as a wing back, as could junior Jorge Avalos Ortega and sophomore Edi Hakopian.

The Bulldogs are experienced in the midfield with senior Allen Arsenian and juniors Nicholas Diaz, Isaiah Marsh and Jack Tanglang returning to the varsity.

Senior Gabriel Preciado is varsity newcomer who should provide help in the middle of the defense.

The midfield has depth with senior Sebastian Navarro and sophomores Patony Kheshadorian, Monte Ter Galstyan and Kobe Shemula.

In the attack, Burbank will rely on the work of three newcomers.

Senior Gevorg Kivijian, freshman Garik Kirakosyan and sophomore Gabriel Armour look to fill the role of being a goal scorer for the Bulldogs.

Burroughs, Burbank Baseball Teams Ready To Roar

By Rick Assad

 

Though the Pacific League hasn’t yet begun, it’s highly likely the Burroughs High and Burbank baseball teams will probably qualify for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The Indians and Bulldogs have deep and capable pitching staffs, which is a key factor in having a winning season.

One of Burroughs’ strengths will be its pitching staff, which boasts a dozen hurlers. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs, which is looking to make the playoffs for a fifth straight year, has a dozen pitchers on the staff and all are capable of performing at a high level.

“This is one of our team strengths this year with 12 players able to toss the ball,” longtime Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said. “While no one pitcher is dominant, there is a staff of very capable pitchers as well as situational pitchers that will be called upon constantly to get outs in big situations.”

If there is an ace it would be senior and three-year starter Nicco Chuidian, while last year’s Pacific League Pitcher of the Year, Xavier Dubon, is a submarine specialist and very effective.

If the Indians are in front and it’s late in the game, the closer and set-up men will be seniors Andres Salazar and Julian Jaramillo.

Burbank works on its defensive prowess. Defense and pitching will be two keys to success. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The long relievers will be senior submariner Michael Le and juniors Tobey Ho, Johnny Angel, Colgan Martin and Matthew Ziegler.

The rest of the Indians’ staff includes seniors Josh Hooker, Brandon Aguilar and Nathaniel Metz.

The Indians participated in three preseason tourneys and they include the prestigious Easton Tournament, which is loaded with talented teams, the Lancaster Rotary West Tournament hosted by Quartz Hill High and the Coach Bob Tournament in Arizona.

The Indians are 2-6, with a 6-5 decision over Lancaster in the Lancaster Rotary West tourney and an 8-1 triumph over Highland in the Quartz Hill tourney.

It’s a close one at first base when the Indians played a recent game against St. Francis. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs will open the league portion with a game at Hoover on March 8.

Behind the plate will be sophomore James Turner and will be supported by junior Albert Prado.

Senior Collin Johnson will play first base, bat in the No. 3 hole and also packs a potent stick.

Johnson, who swings lefthanded, is a power hitter who hits for a high average and will be backed up by senior Chris Magoon.

Second base will be a strong battle between junior Devon Esquivel and senior Preston Lemus, a transfer from Arizona.

Burbank Coach Bob Hart hopes to see a lot of runs and hits during the season. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When Jaramillo isn’t on the mound, he will toil at third base and will be backed up by junior Hyatt Entz, who played on the boys’ soccer team.

Brian Garcia, a junior all-league pick, will hold down shortstop and bat leadoff for the Indians.

Junior Jorge Gutierrez, who is capable of playing second base and third base, will also see action at shortstop.

Chuidian will play center field when not on the hill and backed up by Salazar and Le.

The rest of the outfield consists of seniors Dylan Rolando and Rio Lopez, and juniors Kevin Gutierrez and Ho.

The utility infielders are seniors Daniel Roman and Hoover transfer Christian Morales, while junior Angel can play in the infield and outfield.

If pitching is crucial to winning, then the Indians are definitely ready. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Bulldogs failed to make the playoffs last season, but did advance to the quarterfinals in 2017.

“We have that challenge now,” Burbank coach Bob Hart said of getting back to the postseason. “But they’re going to have to find and accept their roles.”

Hart said despite an 0-3-1 record including a 5-0 loss to powerful Harvard-Westlake in the Easton Tournament, he’s optimistic.

“That was a very respectable game to a very good team,” Hart said of the Wolverines. “I think we’re going to be okay.”

Like its crosstown rival, Burbank, which also had a 3-3 tie against Chatsworth, commence the league season at Muir on March 5, will depend on pitching and will be paced by senior Davis Mieliwocki, who throws 85 to 87 miles per hour.

The Bulldogs can lean heavily on skill, experience and a solid pitching staff. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When not on the rubber, Mieliwocki, an all-league, second-team selection, is a steady and heady presence at third base.

Senior Joey Clark is also a key starter, while senior Andrew De La Torre, junior Jakob Duarte and sophomore Ryan King, who is the starting shortstop, will all need to be productive on the hill.

The rest of the pitching staff includes juniors Josh Balos, Willem Clendenin, while Troy Lee and King and Clark will be the primary closers.

The catching duties will primarily fall upon juniors Dominik Severo and Alberto Ayala.

Duarte, Lee and Clark will play first base, senior Kenny Won and junior Tyler LaMarsna will see action at second base and senior Daniel Ruiz will back up Mieliwocki at third base and senior Gevork Leklyan will also see time at third base.

Junior Oaklee Spens will patrol center field, De La Torre will play left field and junior Aidan Gonzalez will see time in left field.

The remainder of the outfield consists of seniors Cody Winters and Vincent Romano and juniors Justin Robinson and Adam Loera.