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Hoping to continue success

New coaches, a share of returning talent and new players highlight area teams this season.

November 29, 2011|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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It was a good 2010-11 season for three of the local girls' soccer programs, as Burbank, Burroughs and Providence highs all qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Two of the teams have new coaches this season. Eric Montoya, an assistant under Loi Phan, takes over the Bulldogs' program. At Burroughs, Eddie Garcia comes into the Indians' program for Louie Binda.

Burbank and Burroughs are coming off seasons in which they stayed in the hunt for the Pacific League championship late into the year, only to see Crescenta Valley come on to take the title.

Luckily for the Bulldogs and Indians, they both have their share of returning talent. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the Pioneers, who will field a squad with not much experience.

Here is a closer look at hoe the teams are shaping up.

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The Bulldogs (11-6-7) did lose some key players to graduation. The big loss was forward Anabell Gonzalez. A first-team all-league pick, Gonzalez was the Pacific League's most dangerous offensive weapon, scoring 18 goals to go with three assists.

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Being a new coach, Montoya said the players have been receptive to his approach

"They are learning the style of play that I want," said Montoya, whose squad lost four seniors to graduation. "We've kind of changed a couple of things around but all in all it's been a good fit.

"We do have some talented freshmen and we're going to be young. I think we have just one senior on the team. But we look strong, and hopefully we'll be competing for a league title."

Burbank does return a solid core of athletes. Returning are junior midfielder Maddie Carlborg, junior forward Alessia Dal Monte, sophomore forward Clarissa Guerrero, junior defender Natalie Muller and sophomore defender Michelle Morales.

"That is a pretty good group right there," Montoya said. "We will be looking for them to carry most of the load for us."

Another pair of returners the coach is high on are sophomore defenders Yvette Niwa and Julianna Marx. New to the program is freshman forward Lauren Brenn.

The Bulldogs are dealing with the departure of starting goalkeeper Katie Hooper. Hooper, a junior All-CIF softball player, had surgery during the offseason and will not play this season.

"We are still trying to figure out the goalkeeper situation," Montoya said. "I have two keepers battling for the starting position."

Montoya said he expects Crescenta Valley, Arcadia and Burroughs to pose tough competition in the Pacific League.

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