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Burroughs Girls Soccer Makes History in Win Over Burbank

It has been 26 long years since the Burroughs High girls’ soccer team won a league title. But after winning the Foothill League title in 1993, the Indians can now call themselves Pacific League champions.

Burroughs defeated visiting Burbank High 5-1 Thursday in the regular season finale at Memorial Field.
“This wasn’t in my sights at the beginning of the year,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “We were just playing pretty good (early in the season) and I said we’re pretty good. Then everyone just stepped up and kept making plays.”

Crescenta Valley, which was tied on points with Burroughs entering the match, tied Arcadia 0-0 resulting in the Indians winning the league title outright.

“We all we were number one, but we thought we were going to have to share it with CV. It is so nice,” Burroughs senior Abbie Riggs said. “They held a high line on us because they know we are technical so we just bounce it through the middle and work out the lines.”

The Indians (15-3-2 overall, 12-1-1 in the league) scored their first three goals by beating the offsides trap.
Lauryn Bailey got things started in the eighth minute when she took a through ball and put it to the right of Burbank goalie Ashley Im.

The Indians doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when Lily Gonzalez broke free and was able to beat Im in a foot race to the loose ball. She was then able to put the ball into the empty net.
Burbank (3-15-1, 3-10-1) got its first shot goal on the 37th minute when Emma Molloy took a shot that was saved by Burroughs goalie Kaylin Casper.

After Burroughs led 2-0 at halftime, Gonzalez scored her second goal in the 42nd minute in the same fashion as she had done previously.
The Indians added a fourth goal in the 44th minute when Abbie Riggs fired a shot from the edge of the box that went past diving Im.
Bailey scored her second goal in the 61st minute by putting back a shot from Riggs that was pushed away by Im.
I’m was impressive in allowing the sixth goal on two occasions in the 66th minute when she made diving saves to deny both Bailey and Riggs.

I’m also made a fine foot save against a shot from Megan Schmidt in the 67th minute.
Burbank got on the board in the 71st minute when Johana Faraj put in a beautiful header off a corner kick from Isabel Partida as she perfectly placed the ball in the lower right corner of the goal.

“She made me cry,” Burbank coach Pablo Diaz said of the goal by Faraj.

Girls Soccer Teams Face Question Marks

Trying to find an identity is going to be what the Burroughs and Burbank High girls’ soccer teams will be facing this season. Both teams are young and will be looking to qualify for the CIF playoffs and will hope the growing pains don’t last very long. The Pacific League season starts Tuesday.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burroughs
The Indians came very close to capturing the Pacific League title a year ago for the first time since 1993 by going 15-3-3.
A good core returns to lead the offense. However, it is on defense that Burroughs has a number of question marks.
The midfield is led by senior Abbie Riggs, who is one of four captains. Joining her in the midfield are juniors Olivia Cashman and Steph Torres as well as freshman Samantha Valencia. Lily Gonzalez, who played basketball last year as a freshman, will provide a threat as an attacking midfielder.

Up front, sophomore Lauryn Bailey returns after earning first-team all-league honors a year ago. Junior Trinity Vournas is another returner. Freshman Megan Schmidt and senior Emily Goyanes will offer support in the attack. Junior Megan Knutson gives the Indians options to change up the lineup as she is a winger.

“If we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot in the back, we’re going to be pretty good going forward,” coach Brady Riggs said. “I think we’ll have moments where we’re brilliant and moments where we’re going to make mistakes.”

Defensively, junior Orla Giffen, as well as sophomore captain Gabby Morales and fellow sophomore Maille Romberger, will take care of the center positions.
Senior captain Emily McHorney is a returning all-league player, who will hold down one of the two spots. Senior Sydney Persaud, junior Alex Mills, and sophomore Jesse Virtue will compete for the other wingback spot. Junior Ava Kramer is a utility player who could also figure in the wing back mix.
In goal, the Indians will rely on freshman Kaylin Casper and junior Stephanie Martinez.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burbank
The only way the Bulldogs can go is up after a 1-13-2 season last year.
“We have some great additions to the team,” Burbank coach Pablo Diaz said. “Some of them are freshmen and some are moving from the junior varsity. We’re looking to (have) a much better experience chemistry wise. I think we’ll do much better than last season.”
Senior goalie Ashley I return. She will be backed up by sophomore Nicole Girod.

Senior Jessica Rocha is one of three captains and will be the focal point of the midfield.
Senior Isabel Partida is a center back and captain, who will be Im’s last person of protection.
Defensively, sophomores Brianna Romero and Erin Trainor will join Partida. In the wing back positions, senior Mariela Castaneda, junior Ani Akopyan and sophomore Tatiana Castenada will hold down the other positions.
Joining Rocha in the midfield will be freshman star, Alyssa Mendoza. Senior Isabel Silva and junior Sydney Sugars figure to hold down the right wing positions. Senior Johana Faraj is expected to play a key role on the left wing.

In the attack, the Bulldogs have a number of options. Freshman Madie Chase will be joined by sophomore Paige Mazzola, sophomore Liliana Partida, junior Emma Molloy and seniors Anzhela Asatryan and Nicole Urrego.