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Burroughs Boys Soccer Stunned in Overtime

Sometimes a little thing is all it takes to eliminate a team from the playoffs.

Saturday evening the Burroughs and West Torrance High boys’ soccer teams fought hard for 80 minutes without anyone finding the back of the net.

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But just a minute into the sudden death overtime period Burroughs was stunned by a fine goal from the visiting Warriors, who earned a spot in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory.

West Torrance sophomore Thomas Nakano set up the goal by firing a solid shot outside the goal box that Burroughs goalie Alfredo Tejada blocked.

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Teammate Andrew Kang picked up the loose ball and blasted into the net.

“He’s got a powerful shot,” West Torrance coach Mike Shimizu said of Nakano.
Kang spoke of his goal.

“I anticipated a hard shot and I just followed up and it was there,” he said.

Both sides played relatively even throughout the match and neither had many fine goal scoring opportunities.

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Burroughs had what was the next best opportunity, which came via a penalty kick in the 24th minute.

David Gerlach intercepted the ball from West Torrance left back Koji Ueoka, who subsequently ran into and knocked down Gerlach, resulting in a penalty kick.

Manny Gonzalez’s penalty kick shot was hit with power down the middle, but West Torrance goalie Ethan Brandt, who is 6-foot-3, dove to his right and was able to make a foot save.

Burroughs had the first chance to score early in the match when Matthew Cardenas fired a fine long-range shot, but it was right at Brandt. Carlos Rosales also had a nice shot attempt in the 29th minute, but it too was from distance and right at Brandt.

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Tejada came up big in the 46th minute when he denied a goal-scoring chance by West Torrance’s Max Kim.

Burroughs tried to surprise West Torrance (12-4-5) with a short corner in the 52nd minute, but Rosales’ one-touch shot went over the goal.

“I’m really proud of the boys. They left everything on the field. Our work rate was outstanding,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said of his team, which finishes 15-6-3.

“When you’re playing against a very good team, we had to make some adjustments. We had some guys who hadn’t played many minutes come in because we had guys go down with injuries. I have no regrets. I’m proud of how the boys played,” Kodama said.

Burroughs Boys Soccer Passes First Playoff Test

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The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team can thank its defense for helping it advance to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.

The defense and goalkeeping held off a number of challenges by visiting Ventura in a 1-0 victory Thursday at Memorial Field.
The effort was particularly impressive because the Indians played without injured junior center back Carter Wells, who has held the defense together the last two seasons. Wells suffered a leg injury late in the regular season against Hoover and his status for the rest of the playoffs is unknown.

“Carter is a strong player, one of our main guys. But he’s injured so we have to adapt to a new way of playing,” Burroughs goalie Alfredo Tejada said.
Burroughs moves on to the second round of the playoffs Saturday when the Indians will host West Torrance High.

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Tejada came up big in the fifth minute with a sliding foot save.
He also denied Ventura’s Daniel Gutierrez in the 11th minute by saving his header.
But it was his save in the 23rd minute that was most impressive as Gutierrez nearly put a bouncing ball from outside the goal box into the left corner.

“That was a good shot. I just kept my position and dove and got there,” Tejada said.
The Indians (15-4-4) scored the lone goal of the game via a set piece, as sophomore Manny Gonzalez was able to flick a header past Ventura goalie Jason Lowell. It was his 18th goal of the season 34th of his career.

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“A shout out to Esteban (Alcantar),” Gonzalez said. “He always looks for me at the end and I was open.”
Defender Abihud Munoz, who teamed with Luis Cortes and Manny Pascual, who replaced Wells, spoke of the situation.

“Since Carter has been gone it has been difficult, but we have practiced very hard as a team in the back,” Munoz said.

Burroughs Boys Soccer Takes Pacific League Title With 4-0 Victory Over Burbank

By Rick Assad

 

Some players simply have a nose for the ball. Manny Gonzalez does and it usually results in a goal.

On Thursday afternoon, Gonzalez, a sophomore forward, had a hat trick and it helped the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team secure a 4-0 victory over host Burbank in a Pacific League finale.

The Indians also became the league champion after Arcadia and Crescenta Valley battled to a 2-2 tie.

Burroughs’ Esteban Alcantar (#10) and Burbank’s Jae Lee fight for the ball. The Indians won 4-0. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The opening half was close with the only score coming in the 37th minute on a 15-yarder from Gonzalez, who could have been called for being offside after receiving a pass.

“We were all facing adversity. Trying to get it going. Trying to get in a groove,” Gonzalez said of the initial half. “The referees were calling what they were calling. It went in [the first goal] and it changed the game.”

Gonzalez collected his second tally after making a clever juke move that brought out Burbank’s goalie.

From there, it was fairly easy as Gonzalez tapped in a five-yarder in the 44th minute to make it 2-0.

Gonzalez’s third goal came in the same manner with another slick move that brought out the goalie and a five-yard kick in the 63rd minute that extended the lead to 3-0.

Burbank’s Michael Danielian and Burroughs’ Matthew Cardenas try to control the ball. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“My goals don’t mean anything without these guys,” said Gonzalez, who has the freshman school-record of 15 goals and 17 this season, which is a school mark for sophomores. “They [teammates] feed me the ball. They constantly support me even when they don’t go in.”

When senior goalie Alfredo Tejeda was asked to kick a 25-yard penalty kick in the 74th minute, the Indians’ lead swelled to 4-0.

“It’s a rivalry game. Burbank came to play. I’m not surprised,” Burroughs coach Michael Kodama said. “The big play was Manny’s goal just before the half.”

Burbank’s best opportrinity to score came in the 61st minute when sophomore midfielder Nick Diaz’s 20-yarder hit the left post. A 30-yard free kick by Diaz came in the second minute.

Elias Galaviz (#24) and Sam Hawksworth (#14) are in a battle for the ball. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior midfielder Dylan Mahoney had a 45-yarder in the sixth minute for the Indians (14-5-3 and 10-2-1 in league) and senior midfielder Sam Hawksworth tossed in a 20-yard header in the sixth minute.

Junior defender Levon Sahakyan contributed a 40-yard free kick in the ninth minute for the Bulldogs (3-10-3 and 2-9-3 in league).

Senior forward Matthew Cardenas tacked on a 35-yarder in the 19th minute for the Indians, who beat the Bulldogs 4-1 in the first meeting this season and also won the league banner in 2017.

Junior defender Sebastian Causarano had a 40-yarder in the 23rd minute for Burbank.

Sophomore forward Elias Galaviz had a 15-yarder that the Burbank goalie scooped up in the 23rd minute.

Luis Cortes (#2) for Burroughs and Burbank’s Steven Tom chase the soccer ball. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior forward Allen Arsenian’s 30-yarder sailed too high over the net in the 25th minute for the Bulldogs.

The Indians, who were called for six offside penalties in the opening half, closed out the first half with a 25-yarder in the 26th minute by Hawksworth, a 20-yard that drifted wide right in the 27th minute by Galaviz and a 35-yard free kick in the 35th minute by senior forward Estaban Alcantar.

Diaz had a 20-yarder in the 45th minute and senior defender Ocelotl Tellez added a 15-yard header in the 54th minute for the Bulldogs.

Hawksworth had a 15-yarder in the 57th minute and Galaviz had a corner kick in the 58th minute.

Gonzalez delivered a 25-yarder in the 71st minute and Alcantar tossed in a 15-yarder in the 75th minute.

Alcantar added a 32-yarder in the 76th minute, Cardenas a 25-yard free kick in extra time and Gonzalez had a 25-yarder in the extra frame.

 

 

 

Burroughs Boys Soccer Wins Big Over Hoover

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If there is one thing that the Burroughs boys’ soccer team is doing better now than it did early on in the season, it is that the Indians and making the most of their opportunities.
The Indians scored three times in the first half en route to a 5-1 Pacific League victory over visiting Hoover High Friday at Memorial Field.

“We finished well today. Hoover plays tough defensively and they are hard to break down,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said.
Burroughs (12-2-4 overall, 8-0-2 in the league) now holds a four-point lead over Glendale High with four matches to play in the battle for the league title.

The Indians wasted little time getting on the board Friday.
Carlos Rosales faked out a group of Hoover defenders before putting the ball into the lower left corner of the goal in the 4th minute to give the Indians the lead.
Burroughs got a break in the 20th minute when a Hoover defender inadvertently fouled David Gerlach in the goal box even though Gerlach didn’t have the ball.

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The Indians were awarded a penalty kick and Gonzalez converted to double the lead.
Gonzalez, who is a sophomore, scored his second goal in the 38th minute when he turned around at the top of the goal box and fired a right-footed shot up into the right corner of the goal.
Burroughs scored for the second time off a set piece in the 50th minute when Gonzalez curled a free kick over the Hoover wall and inside the right goal post to make it 4-0.

Rosales capped the scoring for Burroughs in the 66th minute by taking a ball along the left wing before sneaking inside the goal box where he finished with a shot past the Hoover goalkeeper.

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“This was a great team win starting from the back and working its way up. I feel like we got a good amount of minutes out of everyone. We have big expectations this year and we want to see if we can achieve them,” Gonzalez. “We come into the league thinking that anything less than the (winning) league is disappointing. We expect to win every year and once the playoffs get here, it is a matter of who wants it more.”

Hoover (3-5-3 in the league) got on the board in the 73rd minute when Vladimir Centero finished off a cross from Kevin Mirzakhanian by putting into in the upper right corner of the goal.

Burroughs High Boys Soccer Blasts Burbank 4-1

By Rick Assad

 

Controlling the action from the moment the referee dropped the ball for play, the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team completely dominated the action.

The Indians scored two goals in each half that catapulted them past visiting Burbank 4-1 in a Pacific League match on Friday afternoon.

When junior forward David Gerlach’s 20-yard laser found the back of the net in the 11th minute, the Indians (10-3-3 and 6-0-2 in league) forged ahead 1-0.

In the 35th minute, sophomore forward Manny Gonzalez drilled home a 25-yard winner that extended the lead to 2-0.

Burroughs junior midfielder Juan Carlos Rosales played well in a 4-1 win over Burbank. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I think we got our energy from our defense,” Gonzalez said. “I give all the credit to our defense. They hold it down all night. I feel like it came down to who wanted it more.”

A tally from 25 yards in the 41st minute by sophomore forward Elias Galaviz pushed Burroughs’ lead to 3-0 and Gonzalez’s 15-yarder in the 69th minute capped the Indians’ scoring that made it 4-0.

“We played well. We knew that we had to be patient. The guys moved the ball very well and we just needed to keep our composure and needed to limit Burbank’s opportunities,” Burroughs coach Michael Kodama said.

It took a while, but the Bulldogs (4-5-1 and 3-4-1 in league) finally scratched the scoreboard when senior midfielder Andy Cardenas, who is the kicker on the football team, dropped in a 10-yard header in extra time that trimmed the lead to three goals.

“We got outplayed the whole day,” Burbank coach Loi Phan said. “It was like a scrimmage. Bottom line is we got beat from the beginning to the end. They’re much better than us. We’ll regroup. We’ll play them again.”

Gerlach’s 20-yarder in the 44th minute came so very close, caroming off the right goal post.

“We’re getting better and better all the time,” Kodama said of his talented squad. “We’re happy with it.”

In the second minute, Gonzalez’s 25-yarder sailed wide left and three minutes later Gonzalez’s attempt was picked up by the goalie.

Andy Cardenas had the only goal for the Bulldogs, a header in extra time. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior defender Manny Pascual’s 10-yard header in the seventh minute was off target and senior midfielder Sam Hawksworth’s 35-yard blast in the eighth minute went wide left.

Three minutes later, senior forward Esteban Alcantar’s 25-yarder failed to locate the target.

In the 12th minute, Hawksworth’s shot was blocked.

Pascual’s 20-yard header in the 13th minute scooted right, and three minutes later Burbank sophomore midfielder Nick Diaz’s 45-yard free kick didn’t find the goal.

Senior forward Matthew Cardenas delivered a 10-yarder in the 16th minute and was followed by Hawksworth’s 30-yarder a minute later that drifted wide right.

Gonzalez had consecutive shots stuffed in the 22nd and 24th minute. Junior midfielder Juan Carlos Rosales’ 20-yarder in the 25th minute missed the mark and in the 26th and 31st minute, Cardenas delivered two 35-yarders that were not successful.

Manny Gonzalez scored two goals for the Indians and is being defended by Burbank’s Kaiyne Nzenwa. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the 33rd minute, Gonzalez saw his 25-yarder picked up by the goalie and in the 35th minute, Gonzalez delivered a 25-yarder.

Diaz’s 43-yard free kick in the 36th minute failed and Alcantar had his attempt blocked in the 38th minute.

Gonzalez’s 20-yard header in the 46th minute was off target, and Alcantar’s 25-yarder a minute later drifted wide right.

Alcantar’s 15-yarder in 52nd minute missed the goal, Alcantar’s 25-yard free kick in the 53rd minute was also off and Hawksworth’s rebound didn’t find the back of the net.

Hawksworth’s 15-yarder in the 55th minute wasn’t successful and two minutes later Alcantar’s 15-yarder didn’t find the goal.

Cardenas had a 25-yarder in the 58th minute and Gerlach’s shot was blocked two minutes later.

Cardenas’ 25-yarder in the 60th minute was way too high and a 20-yarder by Galaviz in the 67th minute failed.

Burbank senior midfielder Dara Ashrafi’s 35-yarder in the 68th minute missed the target and junior midfielder Dylan Mahoney’s 20-yarder in the 70th minute sailed wide left.

In the 75th minute, Mahoney’s 35-yarder missed and Burbank senior defender Ocelotl Tellez added a 25-yarder in extra time.

A Look Back at the Best of 2018

The 2018 year in sports in Burbank was not the best, nor the worst on record. The best individual performances were in track and field, as Burroughs Jagdeep Chahal was the CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion in the boys 1,600 meters. Elizabeth Switzer led the Burroughs girls’ track team by qualifying for the state championships in the pole vault. Burroughs golfer Kiara Hernandez was also outstanding in being the best in the Pacific League. The following is a look back at the best teams that Burbank and Burroughs highs put forth in 2018.

10. Burroughs boys soccer
The Indians went 15-9-1 in 2018 and finished second in the Pacific League with a young core that was made up mostly of sophomores.
Carlos Rosales led the midfield and Carter Wells became the heart of the defense. Freshman Manny Gonzalez scored 16 goals, a program record under coach Mike Kodama. This group will get only better in 2019 and 2020.
9. Burroughs softball
The Indians finished runner-up to Crescenta Valley in the Pacific League standings. But Burroughs once again put together a solid season, finishing with a 14-5-1 record and advancing to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs. Pitcher Presley Miraglia moved to play at Cal State Long Beach.
8. Burroughs girls soccer
The Indians had a stellar season going 15-3-3 overall to place second in league. Burroughs won its first CIF Southern Section playoff game since 2009 with a wild-card victory over Brentwood School. Freshman Lauryn Bailey and junior Abbie Riggs were two of the Indians’ key offensive players. Olivia Cashman and Emily McHorney were two other top players.
7. Burroughs girls cross country
The Indians finished second in the Pacific League behind Burbank, ending a domination by Crescenta Valley and or Arcadia, that had won the league title every year for more than a quarter century. Burroughs also went on to advance to the CIF Southern Section finals. Sophomore Jordan Guzman and freshman Sophia Navarro led the way for a team that figures to have created arguably the most competitive rivalry with Burbank High of any in the city.
6. Burbank football
The Bulldogs turned in yet another fine season, even though they lost the league title to Arcadia. Burbank won every game it was expected to win and put together a fine 7-4 campaign. Seniors Matthew Porras, Erik Harutyunyan and Duncan Smith will definitely be remembered for the mark they left at the school and all are projected to play in college.
5. Burroughs girls basketball

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The Indians turned in another fine season in 2018, finishing with a 23-8 record and a share of the Pacific League title. The team was blessed with a solid freshmen core who are now sophomores, led by Faith Boulanger and Kayla Wrobel. This has consistently been one of the top teams in the city under veteran coach Vicky Oganyan and that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon.
4. Burbank boys track and field

The Bulldogs captured the Pacific League dual meet title in coach Darin Wolf’s final season. Burbank counted on hurdler Sergio Aguilar, as well as a solid sprint crew led by Cole Le’au, Oladele Hospidales and Bryan David. Victor Goli led a deep and young distance running core.
3. Burroughs girls volleyball

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The Indians had an outstanding season under coach Edwin Real. capturing the Pacific League title. Burroughs went 27-9 and reached the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section 3 playoffs, narrowly losing to eventual CIF champion Village Christian in five games. Juliana Van Loo went on to earn All-CIF honors. Burroughs figures to be strong again next year with Lydia Grote returning to lead the way.
2. Burroughs boys volleyball

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The Indians won their ninth consecutive Pacific League title under coach Joel Brinton. Burroughs also advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs, only to be eliminated by national power Loyola of Los Angeles. Diego Rosal and Cole Kaitz were the leaders for Burroughs.

1. Burbank girls cross country

Sol Fernandez

The Bulldogs won their first league title outright since 1978 and advanced to the CIF Finals, finishing 10th in Division 1. Burbank was led by senior Shalom Mejia and junior Sol Fernandez. Although this was an experienced group that will lose several top runners to graduation, there is a great group coming up replace those that will depart. Expect Burbank to be very strong again in 2019.

Burroughs, CV Boys Soccer Draw 1-1

The final score in soccer is not always indicative of how a match went.
That could be said of the match the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team played Tuesday at Memorial Field.
Both the Indians and visiting Crescenta Valley were ready, came prepared and fought hard for an entire 80 minutes of an entertaining match.
In the end, a 1-1 draw that seemed fitting for the two sides that have captured the last two Pacific League titles.
“It is always a battle and a fun and exciting game with these guys,” Burroughs central defender Carter Wells said. “Both teams don’t stop trying.”

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Burroughs (4-2-1 overall, 2-0-1 in the league) got on the board in the 10th minute when David Gerlach put home a loose ball that was deflected after a corner kick.
The Indians took the 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
Crescenta Valley (3-2-2, 1-0-2) came out motivated in the second half and forced Burroughs goalie Alfredo Tejada to make 10 saves.
The Falcons, who won the league title last year, notched things up in the 49th minute when Caleb Abad was off to the races on a counter attack. The senior went down the right sideline and was able to tuck the ball into the left corner of Tejada’s goal.
“It’s always disappointing not to get three (points), but in the end we tried our hardest and they played a great game,” Wells added. “I didn’t drop the defense back far enough. We can hopefully learn from our mistakes and prevent it next time.”

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Tejada credited the visiting Falcons for making it difficult to operate.
“We were trying to play through our middle,” Tejada said. “We kind of struggled with it but it will get there.”
Burroughs had a chance to break the deadlock in the 61st minute when Manny Gonzalez snuck through the Falcon defense and the linesman’s flag stayed down. But CV goalie Nick Shahbandarian came out to make a nice save.
CV’s Jesus Pena gave Burroughs difficulty and almost scored a number of times. Tejada denied him with a diving save in the 79th minute.
Burroughs coach Mike Kodama assessed the match.
“We expected a battle and it was a 1-1 battle. You have to make sure your shape is good defensively and when the opportunity arises to take advantage of it,” Kodama said. “We had our chances, we couldn’t put it away today. That’s part of the game.”

 

Burroughs Boys Soccer Outlasts Glendale

It took the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team a while to get going.
But once the Indians got going they were not going to be beat, winning 3-0 on the road against Glendale High Friday in a Pacific League contest.
“We changed the formation in the second half and it worked because we scored three goals,” Burroughs attacking midfielder Esteban Alcantar said. “The goals come with time. We just had to regroup.”
Burroughs (4-2 overall, 2-0 in league) scored all three of its goals in the second half, two of which were scored by Alcantar.
The senior got Burroughs on the board in the 48th minute when he curled a free kick inside the left post.
“It was all technique,” Alcantar said. “It is something I’ve been practicing since eighth grade.”
Burroughs coach Mike Kodama was glad the second-half changes he made paid off.
“We have so many guys returning. In the second half I inserted Patrick (Abarca) and the ball really started to move and it allowed Esteban and Manny (Gonzalez) and guys to move off the ball,” he said. “That was big for us.”

Another switch at halftime was inserting freshman Wilson Harting as a center back alongside senior Luis Cortes and junior Carter Wells in a 3-5-2 formation. The trio helped preserve a shutout for goalie Alfredo Tejada.
Burroughs nearly scored again in the 56th on a give and go between Alcantar and Carlos Rosales resulted in Alcantar hitting a curling shot against the right post.
Sam Hawksworth nearly put in the rebound, only to have it snatched away on the goal line by a Glendale defender.
Burroughs doubled its lead in the 69th minute when Rosales lofted a pass to Gonzalez, who was able to beat Glendale goalie Hrak Tahmasian in a foot race for the loose ball and put the ball into the empty net.
The Indians went up 3-0 in the 73rd minute when a cross by Gonzalez from the right side found Alcantar, who finished it off by getting it past Tahmasian.
Glendale fell to 3-2-1 overall and 1-1 in league.
Burroughs will host Crescenta Valley on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in what could be a key match in the race for the Pacific League title.

Young Boys Soccer Teams Looking to Improve

It isn’t easy to have consistent success. The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team has been relatively strong for quite some time. Last season, a very young team finished second in league. That core group of sophomores are now juniors, leaving hope that they are a year away from hitting their peak. Burbank High showed some promise last season and is hoping to continue to improve upon last season’s improvement.

Burroughs
The Indians who went 15-9-1 last season, are built around junior playmaker Carlos Rosales. Rosales plays in front of the defense and is essentially the quarterback of the offense.
“Carlos is the engine of the team,” midfielder Sam Hawksworth said of Rosales.

Carlos Rosales of Burroughs. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

He has solid support behind him with junior center back Carter Wells, who gives Burroughs a solid presence needed.
Senior Esteban Alcantar can be an attacking midfielder or he can play as a second striker. He has lots of talent and isn’t afraid to make an assist when needed.
Sophomore Manny Gonzalez had 16 goals as a freshman and is looking to improve on that total. He generally attacks from the wings, which helps open up the middle of the field.
In goal, Burroughs coach Mike Kodama will rely on the trio of seniors Edgar Rodriguez and Alfredo Tejeda as well as sophomore Jacob Cardenas.
Defensively, Wells will be joined by senior Luis Cortes in the middle. Senior Jonathan Mejia could see time at right back. Junior Manny Pascual and junior Elijah DuMonde also figure to see time in the wing back positions. Junior Abihud Munoz and freshman Wilson Harting should also see some time on the back line.
Junior Dylan Mahoney and Hawksworth, a senior, are expected to play alongside Rosales in a defensive midfield role. Senior Jose Luis Arroyo and sophomore Patrick Abarca will also see time in the midfield. Senior Matthew Cardenas gives the Indians some versatility as he can play a number of roles, either in the midfield or in the attack.
Junior David Gerlach returns for his third year on varsity and should occupy the wing on the opposite side of Gonzalez. Junior Matthew Rampaceck and sophomore Elias Galaviz offer support in the attack.

Burbank
The Bulldogs went 5-9-4 last season and are hoping to improve on that mark.
“We’re young and we’re going to get better,” Burbank coach Loi Pham said. “Most of my best players are underclassmen.”
Senior Christian Ramos returns in goal. Fellow senior Jean Diaz could also see time defending the Bulldogs’ net.
Defensively, Burbank has senior Ocelotl Tellez and junior Levon Sahakyan back in the wing positions. Junior Sebastian Causarano also returns and could see time in a center back role.

Burbank defender Levon Sahakyan

Also in the back the Bulldogs have seniors Michael Danielian, Jae Lee and Brendon Chow. Junior Kaiyne Nzenwa and freshman Tony Harutyunyan are others who figure to see time on defense.
In the midfield, senior Andy Cardenas leads the way. Sophomores Isaiah Marsh, Jack Taglang and Nick Diaz all played on varsity as freshmen. Fellow sophomore Andrei Rodriguez also figures to fight for playing time as well as senior Dara Ashrafi.
Up front the Bulldogs return junior Allen Arsenian. Also up front is senior Steven Tom. Freshmen Abraham Rivera and Freddy Cardenas give Burbank a pair that could have a bright future.

Burroughs Boys Soccer Comes From Behind, Knocks Off Burbank

By Rick Assad

 

Apparently falling behind by two goals early wasn’t a major problem for the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team.

That’s because what came next was a mere avalanche of goals from the Indians, who sideswiped Burbank 5-3 in a Pacific League match at Memorial Field on Thursday afternoon.

“We just had to make sure to keep our composure and take our opportunities,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said. “I thought the boys did a great job of doing that.”

Burroughs senior midfielder William Rosales (#10) is on the run against Burbank, which lost 5-3. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kodama explained what was emphasized.

“You make one play at a time,” he said of the 2-0 deficit. “We saw a hole that we wanted to take advantage. A great space for Topli [Petko].”

Petko led the way with two second-half goals for the Indians, who went 15-8-1 overall, placed second in league with a 9-4-1 record and will compete in the upcoming CIF Southern Section playoffs.

“You know, it’s just a beautiful game, honestly,” said Petko, a senior defender. “We started slow in the first half, but that’s OK. In the locker room, we picked our heads up. Second half we said nothing, no more.”

Sophomore midfielder Juan Carlos Rosales is about to pass the ball during a match versus the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs went 5-9-4 in all matches, 4-8-2 in league, didn’t qualify for the postseason and were paced by Andrew Senane with two goals.

Burbank struck first with two penalty kicks that resulted in scores against senior goalie Sebastian Kalemkerian, who was replaced by junior Edgar Rodriguez in the 68th minute.

In the 16th minute, Senane’s 10-yarder found the upper left portion of the net that made it 1-0.

In the 26th minute, Andy Cardenas’ 10-yard bullet gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage.

“It’s the last game. We lost the playoffs. It’s hard to motivate players,” Burbank coach Gor Kirakosyan said. “But this time, it’s against Burroughs. It’s always as players exciting to be in this game. This game, the whole year, they never gave up.”

Indians junior midfielder Sam Hawksworth uses some fancy footwork to get past Alex Pino of the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kirakosyan then went on: “They’re a really good team [Burroughs]. I think the experience part hurt us at the end as a team. At the end, we tied them. When they scored the fourth one, we had to go for it.”

In the 35th minute, the Indians drew within 2-1 on a 10-yard header from freshman forward Manny Gonzalez with an assist from junior midfielder Esteban Alcantar that slipped past Artyom Ginosyan, who was in goal out of necessity and certainly despite being Burbank’s leading goal-scorer.

The Indians then knotted the match at 2-2 in the 43rd minute on Petko’s laser from 20 yards.

“As a team, these guys inspired me to score those goals. In that first goal when I scored, and when those guys have your back, there’s nothing better,” he said.

In the 57th minute, Petko then added his second tally, from 15 yards, that put the Indians ahead 3-2.

“I have beautiful midfielders who give me the ball. I can’t ask for anything else,” Petko said.

The Bulldogs leveled it at 3-3 after Senane scored from 15 yards in the 71st minute that nestled into the upper left corner.

But senior defender Victor Lopez gave the Indians a 4-3 advantage on a follow-up blast from 10 yards in the 74th minute.

The match was put out of reach when senior midfielder William Rosales booted one home in extra time.