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Burroughs Girls Soccer Season Concludes After 4-2 Loss To Hemet

By Rick Assad

 

In only a handful of matches this season did the Burroughs High girls’ soccer team fall behind at the intermission.

On Friday night at Memorial Field in a CIF Southern Section Division IV playoff clash with Hemet, the Indians did and it cost them.

Despite two second-half goals from Lauryn Bailey, Burroughs’ season came to an end after falling 4-2.

“They were very strong in the back. They’re a good team,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said of Hemet. “Hat’s off to them. We didn’t lose to a team that we’re better than, for sure. We lost to a team that deserved to win.”

Freshman Samantha Valencia (#16) and Payden Searl (#6) both try to control the ball in a CIF second-round match with Hemet. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Riggs then added: “From my perspective, I couldn’t have asked for a better year. To achieve our goal of winning [the Pacific League] is awesome. I’m thrilled with the season and the kids,” he noted.

This historic campaign by the Indians (16-4-2) will long be remembered, given they claimed their first league banner in 26 years and also advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Still the loss stung and was clearly evident on some of the seniors’ faces, including Abbie Riggs, a gritty and skilled player who put every once of energy and strength into each match.

Riggs, one of four captains, had a 37-yard free kick that came close, hitting the top of the cross bar in the 77th minute.

“We still won league. That’s cool. I’d like to go further to get Lily [Gonzalez] on the field,” said Riggs, a midfielder. “We lost speed in the back. It put a lot of pressure on the mids [midfielders]. We lost a defender. We were weak in the back and weak in the front. We were not our normal self.”

Senior defender Emily McHorney played her final game for the Indians, who fell to Hemet 4-2 on Friday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs was missing Gonzalez, a sophomore midfielder who turned her right ankle in a 4-1 victory over Artesia on Wednesday in the opening round, and also junior defender Ava Kramer.

Besides the two goals, Bailey also had a potential tally from 10 yards in the 26th minute that hit the right goal post.

“We ended on a good note,” said Bailey, a gifted forward and captain. “We made it far. We wished we could have gone farther, but we all worked our hardest. We knew coming in they were a good team. We had players down, but that couldn’t let us play bad.”

There’s a reason Hemet (21-2-5) is the No. 3 seeded team in these playoffs and the No. 168th ranked team by the national sports website maxpreps.com, as junior midfielder/forward Payden Searl knocked home a 10-yarder in the 42nd minute for a 3-0 lead that slipped past junior goalie Stephanie Martinez.

Searl later scored on a 10-yarder in the 54th minute to make it 4-1 that also eluded Martinez.

Bailey’s goal from 35 yards in the 45th minute sliced Hemet’s advantage to 3-1.

Orla Giffen (#25) and Shadyn Skinner (#7) both fight for the ball. The Bulldogs won 4-2 which knocked out the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the 66th minute, the Indians, ranked No. 237 by the same website and seeded No. 11, inched closer as Riggs’ 45-yard free kick found Bailey, who positioned herself to unload a 10-yarder that found the back of the net, cutting Hemet’s lead to 4-2.

The Bulldogs, who entered the fray with a nine-match non-losing streak, played marvelous defense, especially when the Indians were close to moving the ball into the box.

Senior defender Emily McHorney, also a captain, wanted the season to continue.

“Early in the match I think we weren’t pressing as hard as we should have, marking our man,” she said. “We just had to get in the groove. There’s a lot of chances, but it didn’t happen. I’m really glad we won league this year. That was a big deal for us.”

The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute on a 15-yard tally from junior forward Reese Castanon that evaded freshman goalie Kaylin Casper, who was lifted in the second half.

Olivia Cashman (#2) and Brooklyn Autenrieth go nose-to-nose while Abbie Riggs makes her charge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hemet’s lead became 2-0 on a 15-yard goal by freshman midfielder/forward Elisha Avila in the 29th minute on a pass from Castanon that Casper couldn’t corral.

Junior midfielder/forward Shadyn Skinner had a 20-yarder in the second minute for Hemet.

Freshman forward Megan Schmidt, who left late when she was involved in a head-to-head collision, drilled a 15-yarder in the third minute for the Indians, who came into the match having won nine consecutive games.

At times the contest was physical, as Burroughs sophomore defender Gabby Morales, also a captain, left with about 15 left after a head collision.

Searl added a 20-yarder in the sixth minute and Skinner saw a 25-yarder in the seventh minute slip wide right.

Castanon missed from 20 yards in the ninth minute and Bailey answered with a 25-yarder in the 12th minute.

Burroughs freshman defender Samantha Valencia had a 35-yard free kick in the 14th minute and Bailey’s 30-yarder sailed too high in the 14th minute.

Searl’s long pass was nabbed by Skinner, who then unloaded a 10-yarder in the 15th minute.

Senior midfielder Magali Olide had a 35-yarder in the 16th minute, Olide tacked on a 24-yard free kick in the 20th minute, before Bailey’s 25-yarder in the 24th minute drifted wide left.

At this point, the Indians dominated the action as Bailey’s 25-yarder in the 30th minute went slightly left of the goal while Burroughs junior forward Megan Knutson’s 15-yarder also scooted wide left.

Valencia’s 47-yard free kick in the 37th minute came up short while Riggs’ 10-yarder missed in the 39th minute and Knutson’s 10-yard header also failed to locate the target in extra time.

Skinner had a 15-yarder hit the goal post in the 43rd minute and Valencia added a 40-yarder in the 51st minute.

In the 59th minute, junior midfielder Olivia Cashman had a 35-yard free kick for the Indians and then found the ball and blasted a 20-yarder.

Castanon had a 25-yarder in the 60th minute, teammate and sophomore defender Anna Melendrez tacked on a 35-yarder in the 63rd minute and Bailey’s 25-yard penalty kick in the 72nd minute drifted too high.

Burroughs Girls Soccer Posts 4-1 Victory Over Artesia In CIF Opening Round

By Rick Assad

 

A junior, a sophomore and two freshmen accounted for all of the goals for the Burroughs High girls’ soccer team on Wednesday night at chilly and windy Memorial Field.

In short, the Indians were simply too fast, too good, too deep and too talented for Artesia in their CIF Southern Section Division IV first-round playoff match, winning 4-1.

Olivia Cashman scored in the opening half for the Indians, who beat Artesia 4-1 in a CIF first-round match. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“When we have the ball a lot, they’re either going to do one of two things,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said of the defensive set-up. “They’re either going to press us. Try to a play a high line like Burbank did or they’re going to park the bus. Well this team parked the bus. For the first 20 minutes, I think they had maybe one player at the 30-yard line.”

The Indians (16-3-2) will host Hemet (20-2-5), which held off visiting Estancia 2-1 in an opening-round contest, on Friday with a likely 5 p.m. start time.

“We got a lot of shots. They were frustrated they didn’t get more goals in the first half,” said Riggs of his team. “We had a 2-0 lead and the next goal really matters.”

Freshman defender Samantha Valencia started off the scoring with a 32-yard free kick in the sixth minute for a 1-0 lead.

Freshman Megan Schmidt also contributed a tally for Burroughs against the Pioneers. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I looked over and he [Coach Riggs] signaled to take a shot and I was like, okay,” Valencia said of her early tally. “I’ve done that in practice before. I normally don’t hit it from that far in a game and shoot it.  I was like, wow, that’s pretty good.”

In the 28th minute, junior midfielder Olivia Cashman’s 15-yarder extended the Indians’ advantage to 2-0.

“I had a lot of pressure and I was trying to blast it, but I didn’t get much of a foot on it, but it went in,” said Cashman of her goal.

Cashman knows that the defense is critical, especially in the postseason. “We have such a strong defense. Especially when we played Arcadia and CV during league, we had to make sure we had a strong defense,” she said.

The Indians placed first in the Pacific League, something they haven’t done since 1993 when they were in the Foothill League.

Lauryn Bailey’s goal gave Burroughs a 4-0 lead. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The lead ballooned to 3-0 in the 51st minute when freshman forward Megan Schmidt made a nice juke move 15 yards from the goal which brought out sophomore goalie Jizelle Velasquez.

Schmidt then tapped in a five-yarder for a 3-0 edge.

In the 55th minute, senior midfielder Abbie Riggs slammed a 45-yard free kick into the box which sophomore forward Lauryn Bailey retrieved, found room to navigate around players and then crushed a 20-yarder into the back of the net for a 4-0 cushion.

The Pioneers (12-6-5) avoided the shutout when senior Michelle Abarca knocked in a 15-yarder in the 57th minute past freshman goalie Kaylin Casper, who was otherwise perfect.

Valencia’s 35-yard kick sailed wide right in the third minute, sophomore defender Jessie Virtue had a 15-yarder in the 11th minute for the Indians, and Valencia tacked on a 25-yarder in the 17th minute.

Junior Abigail Sanchez delivered a 30-yarder in the 19th minute for Artesia, followed by Bailey’s 20-yarder in the 22nd minute.

Lauryn Bailey uses fancy footwork to keep the ball away from the Pioneers. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sophomore midfielder Lily Gonzalez, who turned her right ankle in the opening half which required an ice pack, had a 15-yarder in the 30th minute that hit the left goal post.

Riggs then added a 46-yard free kick in the 32nd minute.

As of Wednesday night, it’s not certain whether Gonzalez will be able to play against Hemet on Friday.

Sophomore Stephanie Flores had a 35-yard free kick in the 35th minute for the Pioneers and teammate senior Celeste Rodriguez tossed in a 20-yard header in the 36th minute.

Bailey’s 20-yard attempt was scooped up by Velasquez in the 38th minute. Cashman had a 35-yarder in the 39th minute while Bailey’s 25-yarder caromed off the cross bar in extra time.

Abarca contributed a 35-yarder in the 42nd minute, Burroughs junior forward Trinity Vournas countered with a 25-yarder in the 46th minute and Rodriguez answered from 30 yards in the 60th minute.

Bailey had back-to-back attempts and included a 15-yarder in the 61st minute and a 25-yarder in the 64th minute that soared too high.

Cashman’s 35-yarder in the 65th minute was off target, Flores added a 25-yarder in the 72nd minute that drifted wide left for the Pioneers and teammate, junior Kimberly Flores had a 25-yarder in the 75th minute.

Burroughs Girls Soccer Inches Closer To Pacific League Title

By Rick Assad

 

It’s not official just yet, but the Burroughs High girls’ soccer team, which held on for a 2-1 victory over longtime powerhouse Arcadia at Memorial Field on Tuesday afternoon, is one game away from winning its first league title in more than a quarter century.

The last time the Indians (14-3-2 and 11-1-1 in league) won a league banner was during the 1992-1993 season when they were members of the Foothill League.

Lauryn Bailey’s first-half goal evened it at 1-1 in a Pacific League match against Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

On Thursday, with a victory over city rival Burbank, the Indians could capture at least a share of the Pacific League title.

Burroughs could win the league crown outright if Crescenta Valley (14-4-3 and 11-1-1 in league) losses or ties against Arcadia (10-8-2 and 9-3-1 in league).

“They are easily the best team in this league since I’ve been coaching here in 2013,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said of the Apaches, who have claimed the last seven league championships. “To beat them with everything on the line is absolutely cool. Especially coming from behind. But that’s this group. I knew they wouldn’t quit. They’re amazing.”

A goal in each half by Burroughs against the powerful Apaches set up a celebration afterward.

In the 29th minute, and on 25-yard blast off the right foot of Lauryn Bailey, the match was even at 1-1.

“We knew it wasn’t over yet. We always come back after they [the opponent] score,” said Bailey, a sophomore forward.”

Sophomore defender Jessie Virtue moves the ball up the field for the Indians, who defeated the Apaches 2-1. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The clincher was kicked into the net from 15 yards in the 65th minute and came from sophomore midfielder Lily Gonzalez, who was given a yellow card in the 61st minute.

“When I came off I was very frustrated with myself, the way I was playing, but I knew that my performance shouldn’t go against my teammates, so I knew that when I go back in, I had to play twice as hard,” Gonzalez said.

The Apaches bounded ahead 1-0 when junior forward Bertha Guzman drilled a 15-yarder from the right side in the 12th minute that eluded freshman goalie Kaylin Casper.

“It was my fault at the beginning of the game,” Riggs said of the early one-goal deficit. “I was a little too conservative with how we set up. We gave up the goal. I overcoached in the beginning of the game. They saved me today.”

After falling behind, the Indians seemed to become more laser-focused. “They got to play the way they want to play,” Riggs said. “That’s aggressive and attacking and free-flowing. They want to try and score goals.”

Samantha Valencia (#16) and Abbie Riggs (#10) battle for the ball. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

Emily McHorney was an important cog in the victory.

“She played the best game of her career and it’s been a damn good career,” Riggs said of the senior defender, who along with junior Ava Kramer are defensive stalwarts.

After Arcadia’s lead, the Indians dominated the action until Guzman unloaded a shot in the 27th minute.

Bailey had a kick in the 13th minute and one in the 14th minute that sailed too high over the net.

Gonzalez’s kick in the 15th minute drifted wide right and a 10-yard attempt in the 17th minute by junior forward Trinity Vournas was blocked, while junior midfielder Olivia Cashman added a kick in the 19th minute from 20 yards.

Senior midfielder Abbie Riggs contributed a 33-yard free kick in the 21st minute for the Indians.

Senior defender Emily McHorney played superbly for the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It’s not tough to play a game like this,” said Riggs, who was coughing and wheezing and clearly under the weather. “It’s fun.”

Riggs knows the importance of defense.

“Before the game we say defense like hell. We know we have a good offense,” she noted. “We knew at some point we’re going to put it in the back of the net. We have to worry about us losing it.”

The younger Riggs went on: “We handled our defense today,” she pointed out. “Everybody stepped up. We won all the balls in the middle.”

Two kicks by Bailey followed and included a 35-yarder in the 33rd minute and a 25-yarder in extra time.

Junior defender Teresa Gardner had a 35-yarder in the 41st minute for the Apaches.

Freshman Samantha Valencia delivered a 35-yard kick in the 46th minute that was scooped up by Arcadia senior goalie Katherine Guerra.

Vournas had a close-range header in the 48th minute and Gonzalez’s 20-yarder sailed wide left in the 49th minute.

Valencia had a free kick in the  51st minute and a corner kick by Riggs and Bailey’s follow-up kick in the 54th minute missed the mark.

Gardner’s free kick in the 56th minute was too high and Cashman’s attempt in the 59th minute drifted wide right.

Freshman midfielder Avery Bogue’s 30-yarder in the 60th minute was off target for the Apaches.

Burroughs freshman forward Megan Schmidt delivered three straight kicks and they included a 35-yarder in the 61st minute, an attempt in the 62nd minute and a 20-yarder in the 63rd minute.

Cashman contributed a 20-yarder in the 63rd minute and Riggs tacked on a kick in the 64th minute.

Burroughs Girls Soccer Edges Visiting Crescenta Valley 1-0

By Rick Assad

 

With much sitting on the proverbial table, Tuesday afternoon’s Pacific League girls’ soccer showdown between Burroughs High and Crescenta Valley, there was a sense the anticipated matchup was going to be extremely close and also physical.

On both counts, it was and what occurred in the second meeting at Memorial Field between these perennial powerhouses was that one goal was scored and it came in the second minute by sophomore forward Lauryn Bailey, who knocked home a 15-yarder on key passes from senior midfielder Abbie Riggs and sophomore midfielder Lily Gonzalez.

Lauryn Bailey, shown in a match versus Louisville, had the only tally in a 1-0 win over Crescenta Valley. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

“I knew we had to come in hard,” Bailey said of the matchup. “We all had to work our hardest. We’ve got to keep going. They go hard, we go hard.”

The first time these two faced off it was deadlocked at 2-2 on Dec. 11 and with a 1-0 win by the Indians, both are tied for the top spot in the league.

But if the Indians are able to claim the league banner, it will be the first time in 26 years.

“I think the players always adjust,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said of the rough and physical play at times. “So if the ref is calling it tight, then they play that way according to the referee. If the ref’s letting it go, then it’s gotta be played the same way. We’d rather be in a game that’s about skill as much as possible. But we’re ready for anything. This team’s ready to go. Whether it’s skillful or physical. They’re ready to go for 80 minutes.”

The Indians are 12-3-2 overall and 9-1-1 in league, while the Falcons are 12-4-3 and 9-1-1 in league.

“In my honest opinion, they’re not that good,” the younger Riggs said of the Falcons. “They don’t play the beautiful game and that’s what soccer is. They don’t set it up. We went into this game knowing this is what matters the most.”

In the seventh minute, Crescenta Valley sophomore Chloe Ataya had a 20-yarder. In the 10th minute, Gonzalez had a 25-yarder and in the 12th minute, Gonzalez added a 20-yarder.

Junior midfielder Olivia Cashman, pictured in a recent match, played well against the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Falcons had the next three kicks and they included a 20-yarder from sophomore Julianna Cheney in the 25th minute, Ataya’s 20-yarder in the 30th minute and Ataya’s 15-yarder in the 34th minute.

Gonzalez had a 20-yarder in the 36th minute, Cheney had a pair of 20-yarders in the 37th minute and 39th minute, while the Falcons’ sophomore Dana Ryan added a 20-yarder in the 39th minute.

The Indians had the first three kicks to begin the second half as Gonzalez delivered a 20-yarder in the 41st minute and Gonzalez added one from 25 yards in the 44th minute, while Burroughs freshman defender Samantha Valencia had a 30-yarder in the 47th minute.

Cheney’s kick was stuffed in the 50th minute, Crescenta Valley junior Kathryn Thamasian’s 25-yard free kick in the 55th minute was off, Thamasian’s 32-yard free kick was blocked in the 57th minute and Ryan’s 30-yarder drifted wide right in the 58th minute.

Gonzalez’s 25-yarder slid wide left in the 62nd minute, Ryan’s 10-yard header missed in the 69th minute and sophomore defender Gabby Morales had a 25-yarder in the 72nd minute for the Indians.

In the 73rd minute, sophomore Ashlin Cuesta’s 20-yarder failed for the Falcons and Bailey had a 25-yard header in extra time.

Freshman goalie Kaylin Casper was stellar in the net for the Indians, who will face Pasadena on Friday, Arcadia on Jan. 29 and Burbank on Jan. 31.

 

Burbank Girls Soccer Shuts Out Host Hoover 2-0

By Rick Assad

 

Two teams desperate for a win met on Friday afternoon in a Pacific League girls’ soccer match.

Burbank High and host Hoover needed a victory in the worst way, but it was the Bulldogs who came away with the triumph, a 2-0 decision on two opening-half goals.

In the 11th minute and from 20 yards away, sophomore forward Erin Trainor made it 1-0.

Madie Chase, shown in a recent nonleague game against Kennedy, had a goal in a 2-0 win over Hoover. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I really think we’re going to pull through and I think we’re doing really good,” Trainor said of her team. “I definitely think our connection with this season’s team is going really well.”

Trainor also addressed her goal. “I usually play center back, so that was definitely different for me,” she said. “I saw the opportunity of a run-in. So I took it. I didn’t even get a really good touch on it. I poked it and it went in.”

The Bulldogs (2-5 and 2-3 in league) stretched their advantage to 2-0 on a 20-yard tally in the 32nd minute by freshman forward Madie Chase.

“We did get better today from the last game,” Burbank coach Pablo Diaz said. “I think this game was tougher in league than the last one. It’s good to get the lead earlier. That’s always good to keep the confidence up.”

The Tornadoes, who began the season 4-1, but have struggled mightily since, had a tough time getting off clean shots on goal.

It’s not that Hoover didn’t get off some attempts, it did, but many were simply not high percentage shots.

Burbank, which had a 2-0 triumph over Muir, had a kick in the fifth minute. Hoover (6-9 and 0-5 in league) then countered, but sophomore forward Madeline Coopersmith lost her footing and slipped on a 35-yarder in the eighth minute.

Burbank senior right wing Isabel Silva, pictured in a recent match, didn’t score, but played well against the Tornadoes. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Chase’s 40-yarder fell short in the 10th minute and in the 11th minute, Chase added a 25-yarder that drifted left of the goal.

In the 13th minute Chase had a solid chance at a goal from straight on and 20 yards out, but her kick missed the net and bounced back to Trainor, who then blasted a quick rebound shot.

In the 18th minute Trainor’s 25-yarder failed to locate the net and in the 19th minute sophomore center defender Brianna Romero unloaded a 35-yarder for the Bulldogs.

Chase’s 35-yarder in the 19th minute missed after sailing wide left. In the 21st minute Burbank freshman center middle Alyssa Mendoza’s 10-yarder was saved by Hoover sophomore goalie Chloe Britton-Naime.

Hoover sophomore defender Brianna Serna’s 53-yard free kick in the 23rd minute missed and a 50-yard free kick from Burbank senior center defender Isabel Partida in the 24th minute was also off.

Mendoza’s 10-yarder was scooped up by Britton-Naime in the 25th minute and a 25-yarder by Burbank junior right wing Sydney Sugars was unsuccessful.

Chase’s 15-yarder sailed high over the net in the 39th minute to close out the opening half which Burbank dominated.

Coopersmith then delivered a 15-yarder in the 43rd minute and Hoover tacked on a kick in the 53rd minute.

“If I’m being honest, today we didn’t play our best game,” Hoover coach Luis Ardiano said. “I have a lot of confidence in our team. Sometimes there are so many lows against you, but that’s an indication that something great is going to happen. That’s a process for them and for me.”

Trainor’s 35-yard free kick in the 69th minute missed the target and freshman Elli Sumera’s 25-yard tapper in the 60th minute also didn’t settle into the goal.

Coopersmith’s 35-yarder veered left in the 68th minute and Hoover sophomore forward Jazzmin Simmons’ 25-yarder in the 73rd minute also missed the target.

Partida’s 15-yarder in the 75th minute failed to find the net and a corner kick by Sugars also failed to produce.

Coopersmith then tacked on a 25-yarder in the 79th minute and in the 80th minute, Simmons had a 35-yarder scoot left.

Burbank senior goalie and co-captain Ashley Im had an outstanding afternoon against the Tornadoes after keeping them out of the net.

Burroughs Girls Soccer Battle To 2-2 Tie With Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

 

Burroughs High’s Abbie Riggs is an extremely well-rounded soccer player with a multitude of talents.

One could argue that Riggs’ best asset is her ability to put the ball into the back of the net on free kicks.

On Tuesday at Crescenta Valley, the senior midfielder blasted a 21-yarder in the 79th minute that deflected off a Falcon player as the Indians rallied for a 2-2 tie in a Pacific League match.

“It’s my last game here in high school. I was so nervous,” Riggs of the game-tying tally. “This is really our first hard game. I just hit it as hard as I could. Burroughs is always a second half team.”

Lauryn Bailey, shown in a recent match against Louisville, had an assist in a 2-2 tie with Crescenta Valley. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

In the 76th minutes, Riggs let loose with a 20-yard free kick that didn’t find the back of the net.

It was tied 1-1 at the intermission when Burroughs sophomore forward Lauryn Bailey spotted junior forward Trinity Vournas, who then kicked the ball into the net in the 10th minute.

“It’s hard to do that on the road,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said of rallying against the Falcons. “We changed tactics midway through the first half. Even at the end, were trying to go full speed to win it.”

Riggs went on: “I think we did ramp it up in the second half,” he noted. “I can tell them what to do, but it’s up to them.”

The Falcons (3-1-3 and 2-0-1 in league) darted in front 2-1 on a goal from sophomore Julianna Cheney in the 63rd minute on a beautiful juke move.

The Falcons jumped out to a 1-0 advantage in the fifth minute when junior Kathryn Thamasian knocked home a penalty kick from 20 yards after a hand ball infraction.

Olivia Cashman plays midfield for the Indians. Cashman’s play helped Burroughs achieve a 2-2 tie with the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the second minute, Riggs had a kick stuffed and in the sixth minute Bailey’s 20-yarder failed to find the mark.

Burroughs freshman defender Samantha Valencia’s 35-yarder in the eighth minute was off the mark.

In the ninth minute, Riggs’ 35-yarder sailed wide left.

Valencia’s dribbler from 25 yards in the 19th minute didn’t find the goal.

Crescenta Valley freshman Rachel Park had a 20-yarder in the 25th minute.

Thamasian would have scored in the 28th minute, but sophomore Dana Ryan was offside.

Junior midfielder Olivia Cashman unloaded a 25-yarder in the 34th minute for the Indians (2-2-2 and 2-0-1 in league).

Sophomore midfielder Lily Gonzalez walloped a 20-yareder in the 48th minute for Burroughs and Gonzalez added a 20-yarder in the 49th minute.

In the 44th minute, Cashman had a 20-yarder while Falcon sophomore Chloe Ayala almost scored on a 10-yarder in the 61st minute.

Ryan delivered a 15-yarder in the 65th minute and Gonzalez unleashed a 15-yarder in the 73th minute.

Burroughs High’s Brady Riggs Finds Enough Time

By Rick Assad

Since there are only 24 hours in a day, you could say that time is Brady Riggs’ biggest enemy.

When Riggs isn’t with his family, you can find him coaching the Burroughs High girls’ soccer team, the Crescenta Valley SC club soccer squad, acting as UC Irvine’s assistant women’s golf coach and a professional golf instructor for the last 27 years.

Sure, it’s a whirlwind existence and consumes a great deal of time, but Riggs, named by Golf Magazine as one of the Top 100 Teachers and has sent more than 150 golfers to the college level, wouldn’t have it any other way.

Riggs is extremely thankful that he has a supportive wife, who is an assistant coach at Burroughs.

Burroughs High girls’ soccer coach Brady Riggs is also a golf instructor. (Photo courtesy Brady Riggs).

Though soccer and golf are vastly different, coaching is coaching, according to Riggs, named the No. 5 golf teacher in 2017 in California according to Golf Digest.

“Coaching girls soccer is no different than coaching any other sport,” he said. “Once the fundamentals are understood and mastered, the game gets much easier. The challenges of coaching a team sport make it quite different from an individual sport like golf in that the team chemistry can have a significant impact on performance.”

Riggs, who will begin his sixth season as the Indians’ soccer coach and has been a soccer coach for 15 years, said certain individual traits make his job easier.

“The most important quality in a player is their desire to compete,” he pointed out. “These players see setbacks as opportunities to improve. Competitive players aren’t looking for the path of least resistance. They want to put in the time and effort it takes to be a champion.”

Riggs, who is an instructor on the Champions Tour, Asia Tour, LPGA Tour, as well as working with celebrities like Kenny G. and many others, noted the importance of team chemistry.

“There is only so much the coaching staff can do to get the team working as a unit towards a common goal,” said Riggs, who was inducted into the Burroughs Sports Hall of Fame. “The connection between the coaching staff and the team goes through the natural leaders on the team.

Indians’ girls’ soccer coach Brady Riggs has some words of wisdom. (Photo courtesy Brady Riggs).

“We were extremely lucky last season. We had outstanding leadership in Maddy Sena, Carina Sierra and Abbie Riggs. They knew the role for all the players on the field. Played with passion and courage and didn’t let external drama enter the program.”

This season’s edition placed second in the Pacific League, went 14-3-2 overall, which was the best record over the last 24 years and won a CIF Southern Section playoff match for the first time in nearly a decade.

Riggs, who has led the Indians into the postseason every year, said a few matches were truly memorable.

“There are a couple of matches that stand out over the last five years,” he said. “In 2017, both of my daughters [Maddie and Abbie] started in Maddie’s last home game against Burbank. Maddie scored and we tied up the game with only a few minutes to go.

“Last season we had a battle for the ages against Arcadia. Tied up the game late and saved one off our own goal line in the final seconds to finish 1-1.”

Brady Riggs with two UC Irvine golfers. (Photo courtesy Brady Riggs).

Riggs, named by Golf Magazine as one of the top 25 Teachers in America, said there is tremendous joy in coaching each sport.

“There are more similarities than differences when it comes to the satisfaction in coaching both sports,” he said. “Regardless of it being soccer or golf, success is a long-term process that requires commitment, skill, development, focused and precise training, constant adjustments and perseverance. This process doesn’t occur over a matter of weeks or months, but takes many years to achieve a high level of success.”

Part of getting better is listening and taking what the coach imparts said Riggs, who coached Danielle Yang to consecutive U.S. Amateur Championships and also the World No. 1 amateur ranking.

“The willingness to listen, serious talent and tremendous work ethic is shared with all elite athletes,” said Riggs, who was also voted into the Southern California PGA Teachers Hall of Fame. “While it’s obvious that a PGA tour player and a high school soccer player are on different levels, the desire to win is no different. A common trait I see in all great athletes is a willingness to evaluate their performances, good and bad, to see where they can improve for their next competition.”

Riggs, who works with PGA Tour member Brandon Hagy, added: “Successful athletes ask questions of their coaches, demand challenging practice sessions and focus on their training as if it was a competition,” he said. “They realize it’s impossible to flip a switch once the competition begins. That switch must be during practice.”

Riggs, who said that he has been influenced by John Wooden, Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, V.O. “Red” Allen, Ed Ibarguen and Gregg McHatton, has his personal philosophy when it comes to playing time.

“I strongly believe in a meritocracy,” he said. “I base playing time almost exclusively on who is the best player for a given position.”

Brady Riggs shown just before a Burroughs High soccer match. (Photo courtesy Brady Riggs).

How about playing style? “We are a possession focused team who is mandated to play out of the back,” he said. “I want all 11 players on the field involved in attacking and defending with the focus on keeping possession of the ball. If we have the ball, we can score and they can’t.”

With regard to coaching girls’ soccer versus players on the PGA tour, what’s the biggest difference?

“The girls will work extremely hard and give everything they have when they know their teammates and coaches care about them,” Riggs said. “They are more committed to the concept of team and generally don’t care about stats and showing off as they do about winning.

Brady Riggs with a student at a recent match. (Photo courtesy Brady Riggs).

“At the same time, they don’t watch the game as much when they aren’t playing and don’t get the osmosis that naturally occurs when seeing the best players in the world play on a regular basis.”

Riggs pointed out that high school athletes and PGA Tour members are both willing to listen and learn.

“While it may seem surprising, professional golfers are extremely serious about listening to their coaches, despite their obvious talent and success,” he said. “In fact, you could argue that one of the reasons they made it to that level was because they were willing to listen to people who can help them continue to improve.

“When you consider that Tiger Woods, Jordan Speith, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and the vast majority of the Tour players have coaches, it speaks to their willingness to listen.”

Riggs has his own mentors and they include his parents. “There’s no question that the most influential people in my life have been my parents [Phil and Dale],” he said. “It was made very clear to me as a young athlete that quitting wasn’t an option, respecting the game was mandatory and if they were keeping score you might as well be the one who wins. The life lessons have never stopped.”

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.

Burroughs Girls Soccer Blanks Host Crescenta Valley 2-0

By Rick Assad

 

In an especially important and critical Pacific League girls’ soccer match on Friday afternoon, Burroughs High proved ready after blanking host Crescenta Valley 2-0.

Now, the Indians (13-3-2 and 8-1-2 in league) are involved in a three-way scrum for the top spot in league that includes powerhouse Arcadia (9-6-2 and 7-0-2 in league) and the Falcons (9-6-5 and 7-1-2 in league).

“Ava Kramer did an amazing job on defense,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “She was the difference in this game. She just gave their best player [Chloe Ataya] less time.”

Riggs went on “It’s a big game for our program. CV and Arcadia are the two best teams and they have been forever,” he noted.

Catrina Villalpando (#88), shown in a match with rival Burbank, was a steady influence in a 2-0 win over CV. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs, which will cap its regular season with a clash at rival Burbank on Thursday, struck in the sixth minute when junior defender Emily McHorney scored from 15 yards that made it 1-0.

“It was a team effort, which makes coaching so much fun,” Riggs said. “Early goals are great. It takes the pressure off.”

Burroughs seized a 2-0 cushion when freshman forward Lauryn Bailey located the back of the goal with a 15-yard kick in the 52nd minute.

Bailey, who also chipped in with an assist, had an opportunity to make it 3-0 from 10 yards in the 75 minute.

The action commenced when Falcon freshman Ashlin Cuesta had a 15-yarder in the second minute that was caught by senior goalie Samantha Martinez.

A minute later, Burroughs sophomore defender Orla Giffen collided heads with a Falcon player and didn’t return to the match.

Cuesta nearly had a breakaway in the 13th minute, but Martinez scooped up the ball before Cuesta could kick it.

Junior midfielder Abbie Riggs, in a recent match against the Bulldogs, had an assist versus the Falcons. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior Samantha Avendeno had a 20-yard loft for the Falcons that went off the net in the 16th minute.

Junior midfielder Abbie Riggs, who had an assist, delivered a 15-yarder that sailed wide right in the 22nd minute and senior forward Catrina Villalpando added a 35-yarder a minute later.

In the 24th minute, senior defender Anna Kasper unloaded a 50-yarder that didn’t find the target.

Riggs then drilled a 15-yarder in the 25th minute and was followed by a 20-yard free kick by Riggs in the 28th minute and a penalty kick by Riggs in the 37th minute.

Freshman Dana Ryan had a 15-yarder for Crescenta Valley in the 38th minute, but McHorney tossed in a 20-yarder in extra time and Ataya, a freshman, a 35-yarder that sailed over the net in extra time.

“I had the job of defending their best player,” said sophomore defender Ava Kramer. “We know she’s a really good player. My job is to deny her any balls and prevent her from getting into scoring position.”

The second half began with the Indians getting off the first five kicks and they included Bailey’s 20-yarder that drifted too high in the 44th minute, Villalpando’s corner kick and header by Riggs from 10 yards in the 49th minute, Kasper’s 35-yard free kick in the 50th minute, Bailey’s goal and Bailey’s 10-yarder in the 53rd minute that snapped the string by Cuesta’s 15-yarder that Martinez grabbed in the 54th minute.

Kasper’s free kick was followed by junior forward Megan Rangel-Lynch’s follow-up attempt two minutes later.

The Falcons had the next two attempts with sophomore Kathryn Thamasian’s throw-in and Cuesta’s 10-yard header in the 57th minute and Ryan’s 15-yarder that sailed high in the 58th minute.

Thamasian had a 15-yard free kick in the 61st minute and Villalpando a 35-yarder in the same minute.

The Falcons had four consecutive kicks that included Thamasian’s 20-yarder in the 65th minute, sophomore Amy Rowe’s 20-yarder in the 67th minute, Rowe’s free kick in the 70th minute and Rowe’s 25-yarder in the 72nd minute.

Kasper then had a 45-yard free kick in the 74th minute, followed by Ataya’s 15-yarder that was too high in the 78th minute and Rowe’s 35-yard free kick in extra time.

Burroughs Girls Soccer Ties Arcadia 1-1 On Two Gems

By Rick Assad

 

Two extraordinary plays in the second half of Friday’s Pacific League girls’ soccer match between Burroughs High and perennial powerhouse Arcadia were the centerpiece of a 1-1 tie at Memorial Field.

After a scoreless first half and the Apaches holding on to a one-goal lead, Anna Kasper’s match-tying tally from 21 yards in the 68th minute was a thing of beauty.

Standing on the left side and after contacting the ball with her right foot, it then climbed about 15 feet and soared, eventually nestling into the right corner of the net.

“It just felt like a meat ball. I hit the center of the ball and it went straight in,” said Kasper, a senior defender. “It was just slow motion. After every throw in, I had a chance. I knew it was going to come at some point. You just gotta keep trying. You can’t give up.”

The second spectacular play occurred in the waning seconds when out of the blue, junior defender Emily McHorney preserved the tie after running roughly 15 yards and knocking away Arcadia sophomore forward Bertha Guzman’s roller.

Catrina Villalpando (#88), shown in a recent match against Burbank, played well in a 1-1 tie with visiting Arcadia. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“My players never give up,” Kasper said. “I love them. Myself I was tired. My calves were cramping. Emily McHorney, she stopped it. She never stops.”

In that final attempt, the Indians (11-2-3 and 6-1-2 in league) wanted to clear the ball out of the box, but Guzman intercepted it and was ready to put in the go-ahead goal.

But in front of her stood senior goalie Samantha Martinez, and as the shot was taken, it slipped slightly past the keeper, but McHorney was able to cut it off a mere yard in front of the goal.

Prior to Friday’s match, the Apaches (8-6-2 and 6-0-2 in league) had knocked off the Indians, who were third in league last year, 10 straight times.

The first time these two league behemoths faced off, the Apaches prevailed 1-0. Currently Crescenta Valley is in first place in league with a mark of 7-0-2.

Arcadia took control 1-0 in the 50th minute on a tally from 30 yards by junior forward Amanda Howard.

Abbie Riggs (#10), shown in a game against the Bulldogs, was front and center in Friday’s 1-1 tie with the Apaches. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I’m really pleased with our effort,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “What can I say? We played great the whole day. We created a ton of chances in the first half. We couldn’t get one to go in. Tons of chances in the second half. Arcadia is five-time league champion for a reason. They’re tough to play.”

The Indians opened the showdown with three consecutive kicks as junior midfielder Abbie Riggs delivered a 35-yarder in the first minute, added a 25-yarder a minute later and senior midfielder Maddy Sena’s 35-yarder in the fourth minute.

The Apaches countered with three kicks of their own that included Howard’s 25-yarder that sailed wide left in the fifth minute, sophomore Sydney Steinberger’s 25-yarder in the eighth minute and sophomore midfielder Teresa Rosas hitting a 25-yarder in the ninth minute that ventured wide right.

Burroughs had two of the next three shots including sophomore defender Orla Giffen’s 25-yarder in the 12th minute that sailed wide right and senior forward Catrina Villalpando’s 20-yarder in the 16th minute.

Sandwiched in between was Arcadia senior forward Jillian Damasi’s 25-yard attempt in the 13th minute.

Kasper’s 40-yard free kick in the 20th minute was true, but it hit the crossbar.

Burroughs senior defender Natalie Celio added a 15-yarder after a corner kick from Villalpando in the 20th minute and sophomore midfielder Olivia Cashman tossed in a 10-yard header in the 23rd minute for the Indians.

Arcadia sophomore defender Theresa Gardner had a 20-yard boot in the 35th minute that scooted wide left and Kasper’s corner kick was taken in the 38th minute.

The second half opened with Villalpando’s 20-yarder in the 41st minute that was followed by a flurry of kicks from the Indians.

A minute later, Cashman’s 10-yarder found the crossbar and Villalpando’s boot from 10 yards in the 43rd minute, failed to find the mark.

A potential goal in the 45th minute by the Apaches was thwarted by Martinez as Rosas’ 10-yarder was stopped, but Arcadia senior forward Madison Zordilla then took the rebound and also failed to find the back of the net.

Villalpando had a 15-yarder in the 46th minute. After the go-ahead goal by the Apaches, the Indians outshot Arcadia 6-1 that included a 10-yard header by Riggs in the 55th minute, Celio’s 45-yarder two minutes later, Kasper’s throw-in and Giffen’s 10-yard header in the 64th minute, Kasper’s spectacular tying goal, Villalpando’s 15-yarder in the 69th minute and Riggs’ 25-yarder in the 72nd minute.

The two then divided the final four kicks including Cashman’s 45-yarder in extra time and Villalpando’s 35-yarder also in extra time.