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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.

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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 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 Dominates Burbank

A year ago the Burbank and Burroughs girls’ soccer programs were relatively on par with one another.

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Things have changed greatly in a year. Friday afternoon Burroughs dominated the Bulldogs 4-0 in a Pacific League match at Memorial Field.

Burroughs had 24 shot attempts. Burbank did not have any shot attempts.

“I’m pleased with how we played. We played our soccer, which is what we want to do,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “It doesn’t matter who we are playing.”

Burroughs (10-2-2 overall, 5-1-1 in the league) scored three times in the first half.

Freshman Lauryn Bailey got things started in the seventh minute by scoring on an assist from Abbie Riggs.

Burroughs doubled its lead in the 14th minute when Bailey scored on an assist from Trinity Vournas.

Catrina Villalpando pushed the lead to three goals in the 27th minute thanks to an assist from Trinity Vournas.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (1-8-2, 0-5-2) allowed just one more goal in the second half.

“We try to get a little better every time we step on the field and I think we had a better second half. In the second half we allowed just one goal. It got a little physical. The rivalry is always there,” Burbank coach Pablo Diaz said. “I wish both teams were a little more about playing soccer than the rivalry.”

Burroughs scored its fourth goal in the 57th minute when Orla Giffen put back a loose ball from the edge of the goal box into the lower left corner.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Tempers were clearly disrupting the flow of the game. Brady Riggs said the fact that Burbank didn’t have a shot on goal was a factor in that.

“Any time that happens you’re going to get frustrated. That’s to be expected,” Riggs said. “For us, it is actually a compliment that they felt the only thing they could do was to be physical with us.”

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.