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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 Boys Soccer Looks Sharp Against Colombian Side

International friendlies are not the norm for high school soccer teams.

But the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team got to experience that and a whole lot more Friday night when the Indians won 4-0 over the Under-16 side Palmira, Colombia side that competes under the flagship of professional soccer club America de Cali.

The game was halted with about 15 minutes left when the 7.1 magnitude earthquake centered near Ridgecrest scared many in the stands at Memorial Field.

“We didn’t feel anything. We just saw everyone in the bleachers and on the bench say stop, stop, stop,” Burroughs’ David Gerlach said.

One of the players from the Palmira side said he too wasn’t aware at first.

“I was running and everyone was yelling and we were like ‘What happened,’” Nicolas Blandon said in Spanish.  “People in the stands were yelling and the lights were moving.”

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Blandon praised Burroughs for its play.

“They are a good physical team and they run a lot,” Blandon said. “We thought it would be more passive, but instead it was much quicker.”

Burroughs coach Mike Kodama, who was able to organize bringing the Colombian side to Los Angeles through his business connections, was glad to see his team play as well as they did, especially since two key returners in All-CIF forward Manny Gonzalez and center back Carter Wells with were both unavailable.

“I was very happy with how we played. A chance at an international game is one of those things you always wish for. It was a great experience for all of the boys,” Kodama said.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burroughs got a fine game from junior Elias Galaviz, who scored two goals. Seniors Carlos Rosales and David Gerlach, who are both four-year varsity players, had the other two goals.

“I think we’re doing pretty (well), but we don’t want to get too confident,” Rosales said.
The Colombian side came close to finding the back of the net two minutes into the second half when a shot by Jose Moreno hit the top crossbar.

Fortunately, Burroughs was well in front when the earth began to shake, and given the sizable advantage made it easier to end the game early.

“The safety issue came first. I don’t think there was any choice in the matter,” Kodama said.

 

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 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.

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.

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.”

 

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 Earns Road Draw at Hoover

In the season of giving, the Burroughs and Hoover High boys’ soccer teams each played well for 80 minutes with the exception of one gaffe each.

Those mistakes turned into goals for each side in a 1-1 Pacific League draw Tuesday afternoon.

“In the Pacific League every game is a grind. If you get a point on the road that’s good,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said. “However, we had a lead late in the game and they (Hoover) capitalized on an opportunity.”

The Indians (4-2-1 overall, 1-0-1 in league) and the Tornadoes (0-0-1 in league) played a pretty even match in the first half, but neither side could find the back of the net.

Players from both teams go after a loose ball.

Things appeared to change in the second half as Hoover had the momentum in the early going.

Burroughs goalie Sebastian Kalemkarian was tested in the 44th minute on a left-footed bending free kick from Hoover’s Nathan Arakelian.

After Kalemkarian knocked the ball out for a corner kick, Hoover nearly scored on that set piece that finished with Arakelian kicking the ball over the cross bar from a short distance.

Hoover put pressure on the Indians again in the 56th minute only to see Burroughs defender Luis Cortes save what would have been a goal on the line.

But just a minute later, Burroughs stole the Tornados’ thunder.

Patrick Abarca is set to go onto the field.

In a bizarre scenario, Burroughs David Gerlach found a way to give the Indians the lead by intercepting a header, which he subsequently headed into the net.

“Out of the corner of my eye I saw the keeper come off his line and I had an opportunity to get in between the defense,” Gerlach said. “A Christmas gift would have been a win. All we can do see what we did wrong and learn from this.”

From then on the game was mostly played in the midfield as both teams didn’t have many scoring opportunities.

But Hoover took advantage of a minor break with just two minutes to play and just after the re-start following a brief intermission while the lights at Hoover went on.

Vladimir Centeno’s long throw-in for Hoover bounced in the box and found an open Serop Jejeian, who put the ball in the net from the back post.

“I think we just fell asleep and didn’t have anyone at the back post and they (Hoover) were there,” Burroughs defender Jake Von said.

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.