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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.

Burroughs Girls Soccer Tie Crescenta Valley 2-2 In Pacific League Match

By Rick Assad

 

Perhaps it was fitting that the Burroughs High girls’ soccer team and Crescenta Valley, two hugely successful programs, ended up tied 2-2 during Friday’s Pacific League match at Memorial Field.

The Falcons had a pair of chances in the waning moments to pull out a win, but senior goalie Samantha Martinez stuffed out those threats.

Sophomore Faith Sales had a blast from 10 yards in the 80th minute for the Falcons (5-5-4 and 4-0-1 in league) and sophomore Kathryn Thamasian’s rebound also didn’t find the net.

“There was more focus during the second half,” Martinez said. “We had talked about how we were going to bring it out. In the second half we were much more motivated and I felt like we were working more as a team. With CV we’ve always had a rivalry. We both fought hard and we both wanted it. We have to bring it to them the next time.”

These two powerhouses will meet on Feb. 2 at Crescenta Valley with a 3:15 p.m. start.

Olivia Cashman unloads a shot against the Falcons during Friday’s 2-2 tie. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs coach Brady Riggs expected a close match, but felt his team still should have won.

“We made some adjustments that we need to make,” he said of the second half. “They won a lot of balls. They were quick in the midfield. They were faster to the ball in the first half. They were better in the first half. We were better in the second half.”

Riggs said it was tight throughout, as expected. “I think it was a pretty even game,” he noted. “It’s one of those games that could have gone either way. We don’t play to tie. A tie is not in our vocabulary.”

Sophomore midfielder Olivia Cashman delivered the final kick, a 20-yarder in the extra time for the Indians.

Crescenta Valley’s two goals came off the foot of freshman Chloe Ataya, including a 25-yarder from the right side in the fifth minute that settled into the left corner of the goal.

Sophomore forward Trinity Vournas is about to pass the ball against the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians (9-2-2 and 4-0-1 in league) tied it at 1-1 in the 27th minute on freshman forward Lauryn Bailey’s 25-yarder.

In the 44th minute, Burroughs pulled ahead 2-1 on junior forward Megan Rangel-Lynch’s five-yarder off a rebound.

Crescenta Valley then leveled it at 2-2 on Ataya’s 15-yard penalty kick in the 50th minute.

Ataya had a 15-yard tapper in the opening minute and a 25-yarder that sailed wide left in the third minute.

In the seventh minute, Falcon freshman Ashlin Cuesta’s five-yarder failed to hit the mark.

Senior midfielder Maddy Sena unloaded a 20-yarder in the ninth minute for the Indians, and was followed by Ataya’s 15-yard header in the 11th minute.

Burroughs junior midfielder Abbie Riggs walloped a 23-yard penalty kick that was blocked in the 15th minute.

In the 18th minute, the Falcons’ Amy Rowe had a weak attempt from 25 yards.

Two minutes later, Cuesta’s five-yarder failed to locate the net and one minute later senior Lindsay Sanfilippo’s 20-yarder also missed the target.

Sophomore forward Trinity Vournas had a 20-yard boot in the 23rd minute for the Indians.

The Indians ended the first half with a Sena’s 25-yard kick drifting wide right in the 33rd minute and in the 39th minute, sophomore defender Orla Giffen’s 20-yard header also didn’t land in the net.

Rowe’s 25-yard kick in the 43rd minute opened the second half, and after each team scored that evened it at 2-2, Sales had a corner kick in the 56th minute.

The Indians had the next eight shots that included senior forward Catrina Villalpando’s 25-yarder in the 57th minute, senior defender Anna Kasper’s four-yarder that scooted wide right in the 60th minute, Giffen’s follow-up in the same minute, senior defender Natalie Celio’s 10-yarder that hit the football crossbar in the 62nd minute, junior defender Emily McHorney’s 25-yarder that sailed wide right in the 64th mimnute, senior defender Carina Sierra’s 30-yarder in the 67th minute, Villalpando’s 15-yarder in the 71st minute and McHorney’s 35-yarder in the 76th minute.

Burroughs Girls Soccer Rallies For 4-1 Win Over Louisville

By Rick Assad

 

A sluggish beginning was shoved aside by the Burroughs High girls’ soccer team in its nonleague match against Louisville on Tuesday at Memorial Field.

Senior forward Catrina Villalpando, who scored a goal, tries to control the ball in a nonleague match against Louisville. The Indians prevailed 4-1. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After falling behind by a goal, the Indians scored the next four including three in the second half over a span of 10 minutes that helped propel the Indians to a 4-1 victory over the Royals.

“They definitely were playing faster,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said of the second half. “Which is what we want them to do. We talked about it at halftime. We came out in the second half just moving the ball quicker. Not holding on to it too long. We connected balls better. We had better rhythm. Overall they just played better in the second half.”

Riggs also summarized his philosophy on how to play the game. “We’re trying to keep the ball the whole game,” he said. “When we have it, they can’t score. The more we have it, the better things happen for us.”

Senior captain and midfielder Maddy Sena is about to kick the ball. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The scoring rampage began in the 63rd minute when senior forward Catrina Villalpando knocked in a 20-yard shot that made it 2-1.

Eight minutes later, the lead swelled to 3-1 when senior defender Anna Kasper scored on a 35-yard free kick from the right sideline.

The tally was a thing of beauty as Kasper’s kick left the ground and rose about 15 feet into the air and then curved into the lower portion of the net.

In the 73rd minute, sophomore defender Orla Giffen found the back of the net on a 15-yard blast that made it 4-1.

Brady said that the Royals are a quality team and will help the Indians prepare for the upcoming Pacific League portion of their schedule.

“Louisville is a good team,” he said. “We’ve had good games with them in the past. We expected to have a good game today with them and not just walk through anybody.”

Sophomore midfielder Olivia Cashman unloads a cannon shot against the Royals. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Riggs added: “They definitely had the lead,” he said. “So it’s always great when your team gets down when they come back. The three times we’ve been down this year we’ve come back every game and at least tied it or taken the lead.”

The Royals (2-2) took a 1-0 advantage on sophomore Olivia Wright’s 20-yard breakaway in the 26th minute against senior goalie Samantha Martinez, who had a shutout the rest of the game.

The Indians tied it at 1-1 two minutes later when sophomore forward Trinity Vournas hammered in a 15-yarder.

Freshman midfielder/defender Gabby Morales shows her skills. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians (4-1-1) dominated the early action of the first half after collecting three shots on goal.

Sophomore defender Ava Kramer had a 10-yarder in the second minute followed by a 15-yarder from junior midfielder and captain Abbie Riggs in the third minute.

A minute later, sophomore midfielder Olivia Cashman delivered a corner kick that hit the top bar of the net.

The Royals responded with a pair of shots that included Wright’s corner kick in the 11th minute and junior Keara Skeries’ 30-yard smash in the 13th minute.

The next three shots belonged to the Indians as Cashman had a 20-yarder in the 14th minute, a 25-yarder in the 15th minute and Riggs’ 20-yarder in the 17th minute.

The action sometimes became physical as junior forward Megan Rangel-Lynch tries to keep control of the ball. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Louisville sophomore Lila Dubois had a 15-yarder in the 19th minute, but senior midfielder and captain Maddy Sena delivered a 30-yarder in the 21st minute for the Indians.

The Indians had the final four attempts of the half including Sena’s 30-yarder in the 27th minute, Kasper’s 15-yarder in the 32nd minute and junior forward Megan Rangel-Lynch’s five-yarder in the 36th minute.

Burroughs, which outshot Louisville 11-4 in the opening half, outshot the Royals 13-4 in the second half that included three attempts from Riggs, who had a 20-yarder in the 46th minute, a 30-yarder that sailed wide right in the 57th minute and a 15-yarder in the 62nd minute.

Villalpando, in addition to her tally, added a 20-yarder in front of the net in the 55th minute that was blocked by the goalie, while Cashman had a 35-yarder in the 58th minute that sailed wide right and a 30-yarder in the 61st minute.

 

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.