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BOYS’ SOCCER: By defeating visiting Hoover, 4-0, Burroughs moves a step closer to first championship in 10 years.

January 23, 2008|By Jeff Tully

MEMORIAL FIELD — It was a classic example of the old guard battling the new guard when the boys’ soccer teams from Burroughs and Hoover highs faced one another Tuesday.

Although the Tornadoes have struggled at times this season, they are the defending Pacific League champions.

The Indians, on the other hand, came into the match sitting pretty atop the league standings, as the team is attempting to win its first title in 10 years.

Burroughs showed it is not about to give up its lofty perch in league any time soon, as the Indians capitalized on several Hoover mistakes to earn a 4-0 victory at Memorial Field.

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Led by two goals from junior forward Derek Olson, the Indians were able to dominate play in the second half to secure the win.

“Our boys are focused and they have the goal of winning the league championship,” Burroughs assistant coach Allen Machuca said. “It is a goal all of the players are working very hard to accomplish.”

Hoover (2-6-4, 2-4-3 in league) has felt the pressure of being the reigning league title holder this season, and wins have been hard to come by.

“I told my team that what happened last year is all in the past,” said Tornadoes Coach Charles Martinez, who is in his second year. “We have to try and not think about last year and try and focus on the future.

“Also, being the league champion, all the other teams come at you, wanting to knock off the champion. Because of that, every game in league has been hard.”

The Indians (12-5-4, 6-1-2) have been playing inspired soccer in recent weeks. The team is 6-0-1 in its last seven matches. The last time Burroughs lost was Dec. 29, suffering a 2-1 overtime loss to Santa Ana in the Mustang Cup Tournament.

In contrast, Hoover is 1-3-2 in its last six contests. However, two of those losses have been by one goal.

“We are playing a lot better now then we were at the beginning of the season,” Olson said. “We have really come together and we are playing better as a team It feels great.”

Behind Coach Mike Kodama, Burroughs is attempting to win its first league crown since 1997, when it was a member of the Foothill League.

“Winning league would be something very special,” Olson said.

The Indians wasted little time getting their offense rolling Tuesday. Three minutes into the match, junior defender Gilen Guenther put Burroughs on the board with a rocket shot that sailed past Hoover goalkeeper Willie Carballo.

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