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Young Bulldogs victorious

Girls' soccer: Burbank plays better in second half and comes on to earn 4-1 nonleague win against La CaƱada, 4-1.

December 10, 2010|By Jeff Tully,

BURBANK HIGH — The Burbank High and La Cañada girls' soccer teams share the same distinctions this season.

Along with both squads being young, they also have their share of freshman players, a number of whom have been starters. While Burbank has six freshmen — three getting starts Friday — and no juniors, the Spartans have five freshmen and three juniors.

The Bulldogs and Spartans pitted their youthful teams against one another Friday in a nonleague match at Burbank High. Playing in blustery conditions, Burbank was able to come on in the second half to earn a 4-1 victory.


With the teams playing to a tight one-goal game in the first half, the Bulldogs (2-2) went against the wind in the second half, which Burbank Coach Loi Phan said benefited his squad

"In the first half we were playing with the wind," he said. "The problem was when we would pass the ball the wind wound catch it and our passes were going too long. But in the second half we had the wind to our faces, and we were able to pass the ball a lot better."

Phan said he told his team at halftime that the second half would be more beneficial to it.

"I told them to be patient, and that they would play a lot better in the second half than they did in the first half," Phan said. "And that's what happened."

La Cañada Coach Louie Bilowitz said it has been an ongoing project getting his new players acclimated to his system this season.

"This is the youngest and most inexperienced team I've probably ever coached," Bilowitz said. "It just takes time for them to understand and implement the things we're doing. But I think that they should be improved enough by the time we open up league."

One of the highlights for the Spartans (3-3) this season has been the play of junior goalkeeper Haley Austin, who was kept busy against the Bulldogs.

"Because of our inexperience, she's had to make a lot of saves for us in games this year," Bilowitz said.

She made 10 against Burbank.

The Bulldogs got their offense rolling early, scoring in the third minute. Clarissa Guerrero dribbled the ball up the right side and made a nice cross to Alexandra Amela, who was streaking toward the goal. Amela caught up to the offering and kicked it into the net for the score.

The Burbank defense had a hiccup midway through the first half, letting La Cañada's Megan Siepler score in the 21st minute to tie the score at 1.

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