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Burroughs ends summer with championship

August 01, 2001

Sang Lee

BURBANK-- There was a difference in the attitude the Burroughs High

boys' soccer players exhibited when they stepped onto the field the past

few weeks.

They carried themselves with a swagger while doing stretches, they

raced to get their jerseys to wear prior to league contests and they won

matches with an air of confidence and expectance.

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Sure, it's only summer, but Indian Coach Mike Kodama already has his

team believing.

The Indians finished their schedule in the High School Soccer Summer

League by going an undefeated with a 6-0-3 record, and winning the title

July 25 against Calabasas High, 2-1, at Luther Burbank Middle School.

"The guys felt good about themselves. They worked hard and were very

happy. It's good for them," Kodama said.

Kodama can't help but be optimistic, as his team finished a stellar

summer after not making the CIF Southern Section playoffs last season

during the high school campaign.

After being 4-0-3 heading into the league playoffs, Burroughs disposed

of Foothill League foe Hart High convincingly, 5-0, in the first round.

The league featured Burroughs, Hart, Calabasas, Crespi, Hoover, Agoura

and cross-town rival Burbank highs.

The Indians won the match with the Bulldogs, 6-4.

"Some years we have good summers, some years we have bad summers. This

summer was such a good start for us. We learned a lot about the guys. We

learned we have good depth. And we're pleased with the effort of the

younger players," Kodama said.

"We want [summer] to be a jumping point for our season. Our

expectations have been the same. We want to do well and make the

playoffs."

Burroughs went through its fine summer run without arguably its best

player. Goalkeeper Alan Machuca was away with his club team for most the

summer.

Players who played well for Burroughs were Cesar Corzo, Cesar Orozco

and Ruben Escalera.

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