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Late goal saves Indians

December 14, 2002

Jeff Tully

Those with a heart problem or a nervous nature might not want to

take in a Burroughs High boys' soccer match this season.

In their first six contests, the Indians have shown a flare for

the dramatic with late heroics that have won and tied matches.

Friday, in a championship quarterfinal match in the 11th annual

Ralph Brandt Tournament at Memorial Field, the Indians again showed

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their heart-stopping antics, as Sean Lowe scored the winning goal in

injury time of the second half to salvage a 4-3 win against

Camarillo.

"It makes it a lot of fun to watch," Burroughs Coach Mike Kodama

said of his team's propensity to win contests late. "One thing's for

sure, these guys never give up and they fight for every goal."

Along with Friday's win, Lowe scored in the 79th minute in a

nonleague match Wednesday with Glendale to lift Burroughs to a 3-2

win. And on Saturday, in a Ralph Brandt Tournament pool-play contest

with Calabasas, the Indians needed a goal with seconds left to

salvage a 2-2 tie that put them into the championship round.

"This team just knows that even if we get behind, we will be able

to come up with a goal to win," said Lowe, a senior forward. "We know

we have good players who can score the goals when we need it. We just

have a very good team."

It was an historic win for the Indians against Camarillo. The

victory improved the Indians to 5-0-1, tying the 1997-98 team for the

best start in school history.

Lowe's goal gave him six in six consecutive matches, tying the

school record held by Roberto Perez.

The win also puts Burroughs into a semifinal match at 6 tonight

against either Encino Crespi or Newbury Park.

The Indians dominated the first half against the Scorpions (6-2),

as Michael Barbic scored two goals to stake Burroughs to a 2-0 lead

at halftime.

Burroughs received fine defensive play from Matt Welch, Jason

Salazar and Dimitri Albera, who stifled the Camarillo offense.

However in the second half, it was a different story. Burroughs

had trouble containing the Camarillo runs as the momentum shifted.

In the 28th minute, Martin Sanchez scored for Camarillo to tie the

score at three.

However, Lowe erased the deficit with a perfectly-placed header

with no time left to erase deficit.

Raul Medina also scored in the second half to give Burroughs a 3-2

advantage.

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