it was also a matter of getting the players used to my program and my
way of doing things."
However, this season, the Bulldogs are more experienced -- thanks
to an intense summer program -- and are looking to make an impact in
the Almont League with the likes of powerhouses Bell Gardens and
At Burroughs, Coach David Cohen lost most of his experienced
players and will field a team with no seniors.
"What I will be doing this season is teaching a lot of
fundamentals," Cohen said.
"We have a lot of young players and we are definitely in a
rebuilding mode. But we are hoping to build for the future and
hopefully have another strong team in a couple years."
The young Indian team is not too far removed from the 2000 squad
that advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division III semifinals.
With the season kicking off next week, here is a closer look at
how the teams are shaping up:
In just his second season -- and third as a program -- Abdou likes
to think he has the program moving in the right direction.
"I can see the progression the team has made in just over a year
that I've been here," he said. "We want to try and build on the
things we accomplished last season and during the summer.
"I think we have a great group of girls and I think we have as
much talent as the best teams in the league."
Abdou also said he is hoping the girls will follow in the
footsteps of the Burbank boys' team that played well and qualified
for the playoffs earlier this month for the first time in more than a
Leading the Bulldogs -- five wins last season -- will be senior
Brisa Sandoval, who Abdou said can play a variety of positions.
Junior two-meter player Jessica Ullo and junior goalkeeper Nadine
Ishak should also contribute.
"These girls know how to play and it is just a matter of
fine-tuning their skills," Abdou said.
One player who could make in impact is junior driver Evelyn
Setaghian, sister of Burbank's boys' coach Andre Setaghian.
Sophomore Catalina Casas could also see a lot of playing on a team
that has only two seniors.
"As far as league is concerned, I think Montebello is the team to