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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 Edges Visiting Crescenta Valley 1-0

By Rick Assad

 

With much sitting on the proverbial table, Tuesday afternoon’s Pacific League girls’ soccer showdown between Burroughs High and Crescenta Valley, there was a sense the anticipated matchup was going to be extremely close and also physical.

On both counts, it was and what occurred in the second meeting at Memorial Field between these perennial powerhouses was that one goal was scored and it came in the second minute by sophomore forward Lauryn Bailey, who knocked home a 15-yarder on key passes from senior midfielder Abbie Riggs and sophomore midfielder Lily Gonzalez.

Lauryn Bailey, shown in a match versus Louisville, had the only tally in a 1-0 win over Crescenta Valley. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

“I knew we had to come in hard,” Bailey said of the matchup. “We all had to work our hardest. We’ve got to keep going. They go hard, we go hard.”

The first time these two faced off it was deadlocked at 2-2 on Dec. 11 and with a 1-0 win by the Indians, both are tied for the top spot in the league.

But if the Indians are able to claim the league banner, it will be the first time in 26 years.

“I think the players always adjust,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said of the rough and physical play at times. “So if the ref is calling it tight, then they play that way according to the referee. If the ref’s letting it go, then it’s gotta be played the same way. We’d rather be in a game that’s about skill as much as possible. But we’re ready for anything. This team’s ready to go. Whether it’s skillful or physical. They’re ready to go for 80 minutes.”

The Indians are 12-3-2 overall and 9-1-1 in league, while the Falcons are 12-4-3 and 9-1-1 in league.

“In my honest opinion, they’re not that good,” the younger Riggs said of the Falcons. “They don’t play the beautiful game and that’s what soccer is. They don’t set it up. We went into this game knowing this is what matters the most.”

In the seventh minute, Crescenta Valley sophomore Chloe Ataya had a 20-yarder. In the 10th minute, Gonzalez had a 25-yarder and in the 12th minute, Gonzalez added a 20-yarder.

Junior midfielder Olivia Cashman, pictured in a recent match, played well against the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Falcons had the next three kicks and they included a 20-yarder from sophomore Julianna Cheney in the 25th minute, Ataya’s 20-yarder in the 30th minute and Ataya’s 15-yarder in the 34th minute.

Gonzalez had a 20-yarder in the 36th minute, Cheney had a pair of 20-yarders in the 37th minute and 39th minute, while the Falcons’ sophomore Dana Ryan added a 20-yarder in the 39th minute.

The Indians had the first three kicks to begin the second half as Gonzalez delivered a 20-yarder in the 41st minute and Gonzalez added one from 25 yards in the 44th minute, while Burroughs freshman defender Samantha Valencia had a 30-yarder in the 47th minute.

Cheney’s kick was stuffed in the 50th minute, Crescenta Valley junior Kathryn Thamasian’s 25-yard free kick in the 55th minute was off, Thamasian’s 32-yard free kick was blocked in the 57th minute and Ryan’s 30-yarder drifted wide right in the 58th minute.

Gonzalez’s 25-yarder slid wide left in the 62nd minute, Ryan’s 10-yard header missed in the 69th minute and sophomore defender Gabby Morales had a 25-yarder in the 72nd minute for the Indians.

In the 73rd minute, sophomore Ashlin Cuesta’s 20-yarder failed for the Falcons and Bailey had a 25-yard header in extra time.

Freshman goalie Kaylin Casper was stellar in the net for the Indians, who will face Pasadena on Friday, Arcadia on Jan. 29 and Burbank on Jan. 31.

 

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.