After a second-place finish last season in the Pacific League, the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team lost a large group of players to graduation.
The biggest loss was midfielder Francisco Baez, and All-CIF Southern Section Division III first-team selection who tallied 18 goals and nine assists. In league play, he scored all 18 to set a new school season mark for scores in the Pacific League. In addition, the Indians graduated Kevin Garcia, a senior defender who was a second-team All-CIF selection and senior defender Ozzie Castro, a third-team All-CIF choice.
However, the Indians received an influx of solid players and coach Mike Kodama expects the team to be right in the league hunt.
“We had a bad start last year,” said Kodama, whose young team had its worst start to a season since 1985, going 1-5-1. “We need to get out to a better start this season.”
The other two area teams, Burbank and Providence — Bellarmine-Jefferson is not fielding a boys’ squad — both have their share of talented returning players after losing key athletes to graduation.