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Burroughs gets defensive in win

BOYS' SOCCER: Indians defeat Bulldogs, 1-0, to finish tied for second in the Pacific League.

February 10, 2007|By Jeff Tully

BURBANK HIGH — Defense has carried the Burroughs High boys' soccer team in many matches this season.

In Pacific League play, the Indians limited opponents to less than a goal a contest.

That defense paid off in a big way Thursday, as Burroughs defeated rival Burbank, 1-0, in a season-finale league match at Burbank High.

The win earned the Indians a two-match sweep of their rivals.

The win allowed the Indians (7-3-4, 12-6-5 in league) to finish in a tie for second place in league with Arcadia, to earn Burroughs its first trip to the postseason in four years.

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However, the Indians lost a coin flip with Arcadia on Friday and will go into the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs as the No. 3 team from the league.

"By being the No. 3 team, that means we could either play a first-round game on Saturday or have to play a wild-card game on Wednesday," Burroughs Coach Mike Kodama said.

Led by seniors Rudy Nava, Carlos Navarro, Bryant Castillo, sophomore Gilen Guenther and goalkeepers Andre Yanez and Alex Escobar — who played a half each — Burroughs stonewalled the Burbank (3-10-1 in league) offense.

"We have a bad habit of letting teams score in the first few minutes against us," Burbank Coach Frank Chavez said. "We give up bad goals."

The trend continued Thursday, as the Indians scored the match's lone goal in the fifth minute. Sophomore Derek Olson found the net on assists from Miguel Mundo and Navarro.

"Our defense has played well for us all season," Kodama said. "But they are complimented by our midfield, which has also played well.

"Burbank pushed us in the second half, and our guys had to step it up."

Burbank had its share of scoring chances in the second half, but it wasn't able to cash in on any.

"I thought we were going to have a better season," said Chavez, whose team finishes last in league. "We had a good preseason, and we beat some good teams.

"But we just had some problems in league, and we struggled."

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