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Burroughs Girls Soccer Ties Rival Burbank, 2-2

By Rick Assad


For the majority of the opening half of Thursday afternoon’s Pacific League girls’ soccer match between Burbank High and host Burroughs, it was dominated by the Bulldogs.

The second half was a different matter and especially during injury time when junior forward Tatiana Mosdale evened it at 2-2 on a goal from 20 yards against senior goalie Isabella Palau.

“We always need to play our hardest,” Mosdale said of the rivalry between the two schools. “We were all a little nervous. I was very excited. A tie is better than a loss.”

The first time these rivals met, the Bulldogs prevailed 2-1 and had not Mosdale kicked in the tying goal in the regular-season finale, it would have been another setback for the Indians.

Burroughs junior forward Tatiana Mosdale had the match-tying goal against visiting Burbank. (Photo courtesy Janet Berlin)

Up to that point, Burbank, which finished fourth in league, held a one-goal lead on the strength of two first-half tallies from senior forward Kira Bochard.

Bochard’s shot on goal from 15 yards in the third minute against senior goalie Emily Orsatt gave the Bulldogs (6-9-3 and 6-5-3 in league) a 1-0 edge.

But it was level at 1-1 a minute later on a goal by senior forward Maddie Riggs from 10 yards off a rebound.

In the 35th minute, Bochard’s shot on goal from 10 yards made it 2-1 as Burbank took the lead at the intermission.

“We played pretty good in the first half,” said Bochard, who will play soccer and run track at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. “We created more opportunities. In the second half we mostly tried to hold on.”

Senior goalie Emily Orsatt makes a save while Kira Bochard (#11) and Nicole Winters (#27) watch. (Photo courtesy Janet Berlin)

The second half shifted in favor of the Indians, who placed third in league play and were on offense it seems the entire time against a tired Burbank defense.

“We gave them too many presents,” Burbank coach Eric Montoya said. “That second goal shouldn’t have happened. Our conditioning hurt us.”

Senior midfielder Danielle Yanez launched a shot on goal from 40 yards in the 11th minute for the Bulldogs and that was followed by shots on goal from Bochard from 25 yards in the 13th minute while sophomore midfielder Kamille Eugenio’s shot on goal from 20 yards in the 26th minute sailed too high.

The Indians (12-8-2 and 8-5-1) then had a pair of shots on goal from 20 yards by senior midfielder Mireya Gonzalez in the 28th minute and the 29th minute.

Bochard, who played in only 14 matches because of her club commitment, had four consecutive shots on goal that included a 10-yarder in the 35th minute that Orsatt made a tremendous stop on, a 10-yarder in the 35th minute that made it 2-1, a 10-yard header in the 38th minute and a 20-yarder in injury time.

Kira Bochard, who scored two gosals, unloads a shot on goal while freshman Ava Kramer (#26) and goalie Emily Orsatt defend. (Photo courtesy Janet Berlin)

“We continued to try and play our game,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said of the opening half. “What they [Burbank] do, they do well. We stuck to our style of play in the second half.”

Mosdale’s shot on goal in the 48th minute from 10 yards opened the second half and Mosdale added another shot on goal from 10 yards four minutes later.

Burroughs senior midfielder Alondra Solis had a shot on goal from 20 yards in the 54th minute and Riggs had a 25-yarder sail wide left in the 61st minute.

Gonzalez’s 15-yarder in the 63rd minute was blocked and a 15-yarder by Solis in the 65th minute also failed to find the net.

The Bulldogs broke the spell briefly on sophomore forward Jessica Rocha’s 35-yard shot on goal in the 69th minute.

But Burroughs gathered itself as it had the final five shots on goal as Riggs had a 25-yarder in the 71st minute, Solis from five yards in the 72nd minute, Solis on a penalty kick from 25 yards in the 73rd minute, Gonzalez from 25 yards that soared too high in the 74th minute and the match-tying goal from Mosdale.

Burroughs Girls Soccer Lose Heartbreaker To Arcadia, 2-1

By Rick Assad


For a long time, the Arcadia High girls’ soccer team has been the bully on the block.

It appears the Apaches are still the team to beat in the Pacific League after Friday’s 2-1 victory over Burroughs at Memorial Field.

“There’s a reason Arcadia is the five-time league champion,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “They’re really, really good. You never want to lose, but you don’t mind losing to a good team. I was happy with our effort.”

Burroughs senior midfielder Mireya Gonzalez shows off her skills in a 2-1 loss to Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The game-winner came with four minutes left when senior forward Hannah Mushisky drilled home a shot on a pass from junior defender Payton Thomas, who has agreed to play for the University of Oregon.

The Indians had one final attempt to even the match on a penalty kick with less than a minute left from senior midfielder Alondra Solis, but it sailed wide right.

“We’ve been explosive, but it was fun to watch us change our style,” Riggs said of the more deliberate offensive attack adopted on Friday. “They stayed disciplined and did what they had to do.”

Burroughs trailed at the intermission 1-0 on senior midfielder Valeria Mejia’s tally from 15 yards with 22 minutes left before the break.

Freshman forward Trinity Vournas battles for the ball in a Pacific League match against the Apaches. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians (7-4-1 and 3-1 in league) evened it at 1-1 on a tally from senior Makena Sierra after a throw-in from junior defender Anna Kasper with 22 minutes remaining in the fray.

“We’ve been working really hard for this game,” said Sierra, a midfielder. “We just need to keep doing what we’re doing and I think that we can beat them the next time.”

Five minutes into the second half, Burroughs senior midfielder Mireya Gonzalez had an attempt from 10 yards and eight minutes later Mushisky’s shot failed to find the mark from 15 yards.

With 19 minutes left, Thomas was in front of the net, but her kick didn’t find the target.

The action was intense during Friday’s Pacific League showdown with powerful Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs junior forward Tatiana Mosdale was in the box, but her smash from 15 yards also didn’t connect.

Arcadia (9-3-1 and 4-0 in league) had back-to-back attempts when Thomas let one fly from 35 yards and nine minutes left and Mushisky’s boot from 10 yards missed with six minutes left.

Arcadia opened the match with consecutive attempts as Mushisky drilled one from 15 yards and four minutes having elapsed that hit the top bar, followed by sophomore midfielder Amanda Howard’s kick from 20 yards, two minutes later that sailed high over the net.

A 15-yard attempt from Solis was scooped up by Arcadia junior goalie Anais Uriate as 32 minutes remained and Howard’s header with 29 minutes left on the clock also missed.

A 35-yard strike by Thomas with 17 minutes remaining was off target which was followed by unsuccessful Burroughs kicks by senior striker Emma Bartram from 20 yards with 16 minutes left, Gonzalez’s 15-yard blast with 15 minutes remaining and a 25-yard kick from freshman forward Trinity Vournas with 12 minutes showing.

Burroughs Boys Hoops Victorious; Burbank Girls Soccer Loses

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The outstanding overall play by the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team continued on the road Tuesday in a CIF Southern Section Division I-A quarterfinal contest against Vista Murrieta.

The Indians (22-7) prevailed 68-56 and now will face top-seeded Santa Monica in the semifinals at home with a 7 p.m. tipoff.

“We had a really good start [7-1], and we were ahead 18-10 after the first quarter,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “We had a really good scouting report on them. We felt really comfortable in what we were going to do.”

This is the first time the Indians have advanced to the semis since 1990 and seem to be peaking.

“We’re getting better as the year goes along,” Hochberg added on how well his club has played over the last one-third of the season.

Junior power forward Tristen Hull had 17 points with seven rebounds and three assists, and senior small forward Angelo Solis added 10 points, 12 caroms, three steals and two blocks for the Indians, who led 30-20 at the half and then pulled ahead 46-40 after three quarters.

The backcourt also added offensive support as senior point guard Ross Lee III had 13 points with three assists and two steals, senior point guard Eric Allen tossed in 12 points and canned seven of eight at the free-throw line and senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell chimed in with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

In other playoff action, the Burbank High girls’ soccer team had a season to remember, but it was cut short of a Division IV quarterfinal match after losing to Mayfair on Tuesday, 3-1, in a second-round encounter.

The host Bulldogs trailed 1-0 at the half before allowing two goals in the second half.

Burbank (11-4-3) did score a goal on Dalia Farazdaghi’s kick on an assist from Kira Bochard.

The Bulldogs defeated Culver City 1-0 on Friday and advanced to the second round for the first time in six years.

Locals Have Some Success In CIF Opening-Round Matches

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The Burroughs High and Burbank boys’ basketball seasons will continue after two impressive playoff wins on Wednesday.

The Indians bulldozed past host Alhambra 72-45 in a CIF Southern Section Division 1-A match while the visiting Bulldogs pushed aside Garden Grove 62-54 in a Division II-AA encounter.

Both teams have games tonight at home with 7 p.m. starts as the Indians (20-7) face Beaumont (24-3) and the Bulldogs (19-10) meet El Cajon (20-7).

Junior power forward Tristen Hull was nearly unstoppable in the paint as he finished with 24 points along with 10 rebounds and three assists for the Indians, who splashed in 10 from three-point range.

Meanwhile senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell had 17 points with five assists and hit five of six treys.

Senior point guard Eric Allen dropped in eight points with five boards and senior wing Nick Howard added six points with four caroms and two steals.

It was tied early at 5-5, but Burroughs went on a 14-4 spurt and led 19-9 after the first quarter and then pulled ahead by nine points at the break.

“We controlled most of the game,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “We were balanced and we exploited our size.”

The Bulldogs were paced by junior swingman Michael Woods with 16 points followed by senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno and junior forward Ben Chavez each scoring 15 points.

Burbank bolted ahead 21-13 at the first quarter, but Garden Grove outscored the Bulldogs 19-11 in the second quarter and it was tied 32-32 at the half.

The Bulldogs scored 18 points in the third quarter and limited Garden Grove to nine points and pulled in front 50-41 heading into the final quarter.

In other playoff matches, the Burbank girls’ hoop team fell to host Garden Grove 49-44 in overtime in a Division II-AA clash on Thursday.

Senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan’s three-pointer evened it at 41-41 with four seconds left.

The Bulldogs (18-11) led 15-12 after the initial quarter and it was knotted 24-24 at intermission before Garden Grove (21-6) jumped ahead 35-34 after three quarters.

Junior small forward Stephanie Grigorian showed the way for the Bulldogs with 12 points and all of her points came via the three-point line.

The Burbank girls’ soccer team knocked off host Culver City 1-0 in a Division IV match behind a goal from Dalia Farazdaghi in the first half on Thursday.

Bonita routed visiting Burroughs in a Division IV girls’ water polo match 17-6, on Thursday, but senior goalie Kate Wilke had 10 saves and 317 for the season, breaking the mark held by Ahsha Earwood. Wilke finished with 591 saves, 11 more than Earwood.

The visiting Burroughs girls’ soccer squad lost to defending champion La Mirada 5-1 in a Division IV hook up on Thursday.

The Burroughs boys’ soccer team was shut out by visiting Cajon 2-0 in a Division III wild-card contest on Wednesday.

Burbank, Burroughs Girls Soccer; Burroughs Boys Soccer In Playoffs

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It’s during the playoffs that the stakes are raised even higher and they will be for the Burbank High and Burroughs girls’ soccer teams, along with the Burroughs boys’ soccer squad as all three have CIF Southern Section matches this week.

The Lady Bulldogs, who finished in a 2-2 tie against the Lady Indians behind Kira Bochard’s two second-half goals, are the third place team in the Pacific League, while the Indians took fourth.

The teams finished with identical 9-4-1 league marks, but Burbank went 1-0-1 in head-to-head competition against its rival.

The Lady Bulldogs (10-4-3) are on the road in a Division IV match and will face Culver City (15-5-2) on Thursday with the winner playing Immaculate Heart or Mayfair on Feb. 23.

The Lady Indians (12-4-1) have a road date against top-seeded La Mirada (14-5-4) in a Division IV contest on the same day.

Meanwhile, the Burroughs boys’ soccer team (14-6-2) hosts Cajon (11-6-7) at Memorial Field in a Division III wild-card clash on Friday with the winner to face Santa Maria (19-4-1).

Burroughs And Burbank Girls Soccer Ends In 2-2 Tie

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Any time rivals get together, it’s likely to be fiercely contested, and when third place is on the table in the Pacific League girls’ soccer standings, it’s even more hotly contested.

Under this scenario, Burbank High rallied for two goals in the second half against visiting Burroughs and ended in a 2-2 tie on Thursday.

Both teams will compete in the CIF Southern Section playoffs and the pairings will be announced on Monday at 10 a.m.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank hosted Burroughs in the Pacific League finale that ended in a 2-2 tie. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The first half went in our favor a little bit, but it was pretty close,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “Burbank plays a lot differently than we do. They kick the ball long and try to get the ball in the box. We pass the ball a lot more.”

Junior forward/midfielder Kira Bochard knocked in a pair of goals for the Bulldogs (10-4-3 and 9-4-1 in league), including the match-tying tally against goalie Emma Bartram with three minutes left.

“Kira has a motor that won’t quit,” Riggs said. “She’s a great player and both of her goals came on just one pass. She doesn’t need a lot of room to score. I think maybe we were a little fatigued as a team in the second half because we had six minutes of extra time added on.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs defeated the Indians 2-1, but settled for a 2-2 tie in the regular season capper. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Bochard’s goal in the 20th minute trimmed the Indians’ lead to 2-1 and came against Bartram, who had seven saves.

The Indians (12-4-1 and 9-4-1 in league) took a 1-0 lead when senior forward Jazmine Valdez scored a goal from the right side on a corner kick in the 16th minute against junior goalie Nicole Winters, who had four saves.

With two minutes having elapsed in the second half, sophomore outside backer Maddy Sena’s long shot from the right side over Winters made it 2-0 and was assisted by junior midfielder Mireya Gonzalez.

The Bulldogs knocked off the Indians 2-1 at Burroughs on Jan. 22.

Win or… Do Over? Girls Soccer to Battle Again

Somewhere along the soccer sidelines February 10, another baseball enthusiast familiar with Yankee Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, known for his unintentionally funny comments, will be echoing the classic line;

“It’s Déjà Vu all over again.”

Burbank girls soccer defeated Burroughs February 9, 4-0, to not only split the season series with the Indians but to secure that both teams finished the league campaign with identical 7-6-1 marks. The Pacific League constitution calls for a one game playoff to secure the final playoff spot, meaning the two teams must clash again less than 24 hours after the ‘Dogs blasted the Indians on Thursday.

The match will be played at Burbank High at 3:00 p.m. on February 10.

Burroughs played the contest without three players who had been suspended for school after accusations they had posted inappropriate comments about members of the Burbank team on a social media site.

The players are not expected to play in Friday’s contest either, Burroughs officials confirmed, because their suspensions from school go through Friday.

Burroughs had topped Burbank, 2-1, on January 20 in a match halted with time left on the clock after a bench-clearing altercation and a series of ejections.

Four players scored for the Bulldogs on February 9 — Yvette Niwa, Clarissa Guerrero, Taylor Gore and Michelle Morales. Burroughs, playing shorthanded and playing some players out of position, never really threatened with a scoring chance.

Burbank/Burroughs Games Always Bring Out the Emotions

All Favorites Win in Rivalry Games But Games Have Plot Twists

By Tom Crowther

One of the best things about sports is the drama of a rivalry because just about anything can happen. The motto “Any Given Sunday” has roots in this belief and historically Americans love the underdog because their country won its independence through a war where it defied all odds.

At first glance, Friday night lacked much suspense when Burbank and Burroughs clashed in all of its winter sports. Favorites won across the board in fashions that seemed mostly like formalities. A second glance, however, reveals plenty of plot twist and turns.

The best story of the night was the Burbank High girls’ basketball team finishing the first round of Pacific League play in first place after it held off rival Burroughs, 37-34, and the previously unbeaten Muir Mustangs were upended by Pasadena. The low point Friday came when a girls’ soccer match was prematurely halted due to a fight between both teams, Burroughs beating Burbank 2-1 in a match where few will remember the final score.

In other games, Jose Hernandez’s Bulldogs beat struggling Burroughs, 70-59, after a sluggish start and Mike Kodama’s squad controlled things late in a 3-1 Burroughs win against Burbank in the veteran coach’s first rivalry win in years after a two-year hiatus from coaching in which the coach also went into the school’s Hall of Fame.

So although there were no upsets when all was said and done, there was plenty of drama and side plots. Here is a rundown of the action for January 20.

Girls Basketball: Burbank had to rally to finish the first half of the league schedule in a first place tie. Burroughs seemed poised to fend off their rivals yet again when it led by six points with just over six minutes left against the Bulldogs.

However a run by Burbank, which was capped by a lay-up by Jaime Gonzalez with 1:46 left to put Burbank up 35-34, sparked the ‘Dogs. Teammate Damarie Gonzalez led all scorers with 10 points. Burroughs was led by Aysia Shellmire who scored nine points and had five blocks before fouling out midway through the final quarter.

It was with Shellmire on the bench where the Bulldogs were able to take control. She was one of three Burroughs players to foul out. Burroughs fell to 7-12 overall and to 2-5 in league with the loss, while Burbank improved to 12-8 and 6-1.

No one at BHS could recall the last time time Burbank found itself in first place this late in the season, but it was sometime when the team was still a member of the Foothill League which it last competed in during the 2006 season. That stay at the top was brief, the Bulldogs are hoping this one will last longer. They have a huge game against Pasadena on Monday, the same team which helped them move into a first place tie by upsetting Muir in the cross town rivalry game for those two teams.


Burbank High Boys Basketball defeats Crosstown Rivals Burroughs 70 to 59. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boys’ Basketball: Remi Youssefi and Caine Brown Kennedy each poured in 20 points to lead Burbank to its third straight league win following a four-game skid to start Pacific League play. In the softer part of its schedule Burbank has found its stride and now seems to have some momentum heading into the second round of Pacific League play.

Burbank is now 11-9 overall and 3-4 in league. It had to relish the opportunity to knock Burroughs to 0-7 in league. The Tribe is in a tailspin and have dropped 10 straight after opening the season 7-3. Friday’s loss dropped them to 7-13 on the season overall.

Austyn Thompson scored a team-high 17 points for Burroughs, while teammate Ezekial Zuniga added 14 points as he continues getting back in basketball shape after being injured all preseason and much of the first round of league.

Girls’ Soccer: Burroughs scored two goals in a two minute span of the first half to claim a 2-1 win against Burbank on January 20. Maria Gomez and Brianna Matallana scored goals for Burroughs while Dana Williams notched a goal for the Bulldogs on a penalty kick. The game was halted in the back portion of the second half after benches cleared following a fight between Gomez and Burbank’s Maddie Carlborg.

Injuries, penalties and dirty play made the first half exciting, but these things also contributed to the intensity that sparked the fight and mared an otherwise splended evening of rivalry contests. No doubt there will be consequences that extend beyond the ejections and follow-up one game suspensions that are part of CIF Southern Section regulations. The two teams are scheduled to play again on February 9 at Burbank High.

Boys’ Soccer: In sharp contrast to their school’s girls’ team, the Indians saved their offense for the second half in rallying for a 3-1 win against Burbank. Completely dominated in the first half and held without a shot on goal, Burroughs put together three goals in the second half in the win.

Julio Guillermo tied the score at 1-1 with a goal moments into the second half and the Tribe exhaled. Francisco Baez broke the tie with a goal in the 74th minute to give Burroughs its first lead, and Baez capped the comeback with a second goal six minutes later and the Indians erupted in celebration.

It was Elliott Whitecotton who kept Burroughs in the contest with his goal keeping, delivering a season-high 12 saves and twarting a barrage of Burbank scoring chances in the first half. Only a goal by Tadeh Anbarchain off a corner kick from Jon Trujillo got past him on 12 first half shots on goal.

Burroughs is 5-7-2 overall but more importantly 4-2-1 in league and in third place. The loss dropped Burbank to sixth place and 2-3-2 in league play.