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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.

Burroughs Boys Soccer Surges Past Glendale 4-1

The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team didn’t come out from the opening whistle like a race horse.

However the Indians finished Tuesday’s Pacific League contest the way they wanted to in a 4-1 win over host Glendale High.

“I think the first 10 minutes we weren’t really awake but after that we pretty much controlled the whole game,” Burroughs defender Jake Von said.

Burroughs (13-7-1, 7-3-1 in league) eventually got on the board in the 19th minute when wing back Topli Petko set up Xavier Iniguez on the Indians’ first goal.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians doubled their advantage in the 54th minute when set up Esteban Alacantar on a goal.

“In the second half we got our rhythm going,” Petko said. “We started firing it up and playing the ball. The last 40 minutes it was all about playing simple and finding those gaps.”

Glendale made things interesting by getting back a goal off a counter attack opportunity.

However Burroughs continued to put pressure on the Nitros. It resulted in two more goals, both scored by freshman Manny Gonzalez. He leads the team with 11 goals on the season, a school record for a freshman.

He scored in the 70th minute off a pass from Carlos Rosales to make it 3-1. Five minutes later he added another goal, this one coming on an assist from William Rosales.

“I think with William and Carlitos and Esteban they started passing it one touch and the whole team picked it up from there,” Von added.

Burroughs is now in the driver’s seat to finish second in league after Crescenta Valley clinched the league title with a win over Muir. Burbank High meanwhile rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat Arcadia, 3-2. Burroughs had been tied with Arcadia for second in league.

 

Burroughs Boys Soccer Edges Host Burbank 1-0

By Rick Assad

 

In an expected tight and at times rough-and-tumble Pacific League boys’ soccer match, one goal separated Burroughs High from Burbank on Friday afternoon.

The only tally came in the 48th minute when freshman forward Manny Gonzalez knocked in a header from 15 yards out after junior forward/midfielder Esteban Alcantar’s free kick from 35 yards.

“Rivalry game. Good support from my teammates,” said Gonzalez of the goal that made it 1-0. “We made it happen. They’re going to come. A beautiful ball from Esteban. You just have to put them in.”

Burroughs freshman Manny Gonzalez had the lone goal against host Burbank. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs coach Michael Kodama was pleased with the outcome.

“There’s 80 minutes. You have to play each minute,” he said. “Just keep playing and look for that opportunity and when that opportunity comes, you want to finish it. Real happy with the performance of the guys today.”

The visiting Indians dominated the opening half as senior defender Jonathan Ortega had a 25-yarder sail wide left in the second minute.

Burbank Andrew Senane’s 25-yarder also drifted wide right in the third minute.

The Indians (11-6-1 and 5-2-1 in league) had the next three shots including Gonzalez’s 30-yard penalty kick that sailed wide right in the fourth minute.

Sophomore midfielder Juan Carlos Rosales then chipped in with a corner kick in the 18th minute, and senior defender Topli Petko tossed in a 20-yarder in the 19th minute.

Burbank’s Artyom Ginosyan’s 15-yarder from the left side in the 21st minute was stuffed, while teammate Andy Cardenas had a free kick from 35 yards in the 26th minute.

Burbank’s Andrew Senane handles the ball while William Rosales defends. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It came down, for me, to refereeing,” Burbank coach Gor Kirakosyan said. “They got to call it both ways. I understand, it’s a red card, yes, but why would my player hit someone for no reason?”

Kirakosyan added: “I’m proud of my players. They hustled down to the end,” he said. “They stepped up. Some of them were playing out of position. We had like five freshman.”

Cardenas had another free kick a minute later and Ginosyan followed with a header.

A corner kick from Rosales came in the 30th minute, but Cardenas delivered a free kick followed by a header from Ginosyan in the 32nd minute.

At times the match between visiting Burroughs and Burbank became chippy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs had the final five attempts of the first half and they were a corner kick from Rosales in the 33rd minute, senior defender Jake Von’s 10-yarder four minutes later, Alcantar’s 35-yard blast in the 38th minute, Gonzalez’s 25-yarder that hit the cross bar in the 39th minute and Alcantar’s penalty kick that was redirected by Von in the waning moments.

Alcantar had a 20-yarder sail wide right in the 45th minute, and Alcantar chimed in with a 30-yard penalty shot in the 50th minute.

Ginosyan had a 15-yarder hit the football crossbar and into the top of the net in the 51st minute, while Rosales walloped a 20-yarder in the 54th minute.

Senane saw a 15-yarder sail wide left in the 60th minute, Cardenas added a penalty kick four minutes later, but Gonzalez broke the spell with a 10-yarder in the 65th minute.

Senane was tagged with a red card in the 66th minute and was removed from the game after pushing a Burroughs player from behind.

“Every game in the Pacific League is going to be physical and they have to get used to it,” Kodama said.

Alcantar had a 20-yarder in the 71st minute, another 20-yarder a minute later and Gonzalez a corner kick in the 75th minute.

Cardenas blasted  30-yarder in the 78th minute and Ethan Jay a 15-yarder for Burbank (3-5-4 and 2-4-2 in league) in the 79th minute.

Rosales mashed a 25-yard free kick in extra minutes for the match’s last shot on goal.

Burroughs, Burbank Boys’ Soccer Teams Looking to Impress

Experience is on the side of both the Burroughs and Burbank High boys’ soccer teams this season. Thus, expectations are high for both teams.

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Burroughs

The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team has enjoyed lots of success over the years under longtime head coach Mike Kodama.

That shouldn’t change this year. The Indians will count on a number of returners to lead the team to what could be one that makes a deep run in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Kodama’s 1994 team reached the finals and the 1993 team was a semifinalist. But that was more than two decades ago. This might be Burroughs’ best team since then.

“The nice thing is we return a lot of players and it shows,” Kodama said. “We have a solid core and that’s very helpful. We’re hoping to do really well.”

A year ago Burroughs went 15-6-2 and 10-3-1 in league. Thirteen players return from a team that is particularly strong defensively.

“We should have a good team. The league should be tough,” Kodama said. “Pasadena went far in the playoffs last year. CV returns most of their players, so they will be strong. We always have the rivalry with Burbank, so we expect that to be a tough game.”

Senior goalie Jordan Morgan (6-foot-3) and defenders Josh Sanchez and Diego Galaviz are all three-year varsity players. Sanchez and Galaviz were both first-team all-league picks a year ago. Morgan is backed up by junior Sebastian Kalemkerian.

Senior Richard Alonzo also returns to the defense, as does senior Erik Camarillo and senior Adam Cashman. Senior Ari Arango is a returning wing back who may also see time in the midfield. Juniors Eddie Martinez, Jonathan Ortega and Olin Bernal-Villalpando will look to fight for playing time amongst the defenders.

Senior Cameron Kelly, a second-team all-league pick, is the defensive midfielder in front of the solid back four.

Senior Jake Lasso-Spell is a returning midfielder who scored three times in the Pacific League opener against Muir.

Sophomore Esteban Alcantar and freshman Carlos Rosales are two midfielders with bright futures. Senior Andrew Bardales adds depth in the midfield along with junior Evan Parisi-Sanchez.

Senior Anton Prather returns and is strong on the left side as a forward or a midfielder.

Returning Junior William Rosales has arguably the best ball control of any player on the team. He has the ability to be an attacking midfielder or a second striker, who can hold the ball for long periods of time.

Junior Topli Petko is also a returning junior who has the size and strength to play as center forward, even though he had good enough ball skills to play in the midfield if needed.

Senior Nicky Reinoso is also a returning forward and freshman David Gerlach is a promising player. He is the younger brother of former Burroughs star Brandon Gerlach. Juniors Stephen Carey and Jose Perez-Chavez are two others that could see time in the attack.

Burbank

Burbank went 7-8-1 overall, 6-7-1 in league a year ago and is now coached by 2011 graduate Mike Alcaraz.

“They are developing chemistry with each other,” Alcaraz said of his team. “It is a mixture of younger and older guys.”

The Bulldogs have two options in goal with junior Andrew Rovira, who is joining the team after the football season. Sophomore Christian Ramos is also competing for the starting gloves.

Defensively, the Bulldogs will be anchored in the middle by seniors Oscar Ochoa, Issac Paredes and Kenneth Rovira. In the wing back positions Burbank has senior Fox Bravo, sophomore Jae Lee, senior Anthony Santillan, senior Monteh Ter Sarkissian and senior Carlos Pineda.

In the midfield, Burbank has four-year varsity player Gianluca Vitagliano. Senior Samuel Werner is a holding midfielder. The Bulldogs’ other options in the midfield are senior Omar Ibnoujala, sophomore Andy Cardenas, sophomore Artyom Ginosyan, junior Grigor Grigoryan, juniors Ethan Jay and Paul Won.

Up front, Burbank’s attack will feature junior Andrew Senane, seniors Robert Beglaryan and Calleen Navasartian, as well as freshman Allen Arsenian.

Alcaraz said his knowledge of the league is based upon his recollection as a player.

“You never know what to expect. Every team is different every year,” he said. “Every game is competitive and challenging. We’re going to try our best in every game.”