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

By Rick Assad

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Rick Assad

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burroughs Girls Soccer Inches Closer To Pacific League Title

By Rick Assad

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emily McHorney was an important cog in the victory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riggs knows the importance of defense.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burroughs Girls Soccer Spoils Burbank’s Upset Plans

Burbank High girls’ soccer coach Pablo Diaz had accepted the fact that he doesn’t have the same talent that Burroughs High has this year.
So Diaz knew he would have to come up with something different in hopes of pulling off an upset.
The idea was certainly a clever one. But Burroughs High found a way to break up Burbank’s tactical scheme as it earned a 7-0 road victory Friday.
“Basically in the first half we tried to park the bus,” Diaz said. “We tried to adjust to what we thought they (Burroughs) were going to do. I told the girls not to allow any shots from the top of the 18 and stay compact in that area.”

Burroughs (10-3-2 overall, 5-1-1 in league) got first-half goals from Lauryn Bailey, Olivia Cashman, Samantha Valencia and Abbie Riggs.
“The first half defined the game. Three of those goals came from the area I told them to cover. I came up with a game plan and it didn’t work,” Diaz said. “Burroughs played really well. You can tell they’ve been playing together for a long time. It is a program that has been growing for the last five or six years since Brady (Riggs) took over.”
Burroughs coach Brady Riggs praised Diaz for continuing to make his team come ready to play.
“I really respect Pablo. I know what he’s trying to do here and I can see he’s got them going on the right track. That’s exciting for them,” Riggs said.
Riggs is hoping his team can bounce back after a league loss to Arcadia in the second half of league play.
“We can win league if we win out and that’s what we’re trying to do for the first time in 25 years,” he said.
Burbank (3-10 overall, 3-5 in league) had a few opportunities to score, but were able to get to the back of the net.
Liliana Partida took a shot off a corner kick in the 44th minute that went over the bar. Isabel Partida also added a shot in the 52nd minute.
Burroughs Lily Gonzalez added two second-half goals to increase her team’s lead to 6-0.
“It felt good to win as a team,” Cashman said. “We were definitely fired up. It is always good to win the first game against them because it sets us up for the rest. Hopefully we’ll finish league really strong this year.”

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

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

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

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

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

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

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 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.

Girls Soccer Teams Face Question Marks

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

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

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

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

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

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

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

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

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

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

 

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 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.