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Hat trick lifts Burbank girls' soccer squad

Girls' soccer: Burbank jumps to early lead and earns 6-2 win against visiting Monrovia.

November 27, 2012|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

BURBANK HIGH — It might have been just the first game of the season, but the Burbank High girls' soccer team looked to be in mid-season form Tuesday against Monrovia

The Bulldogs used crisp passing and sustained offensive pressure to completely frustrate the Wildcats. In addition, Burbank out hustled, continually won balls and was definitely the speedier team on the field.

As a result, the Bulldogs were able to roll to a 6-2 nonleague victory at home.

Burbank was bolstered by a fine performance from junior Dakota Briseno, who tallied a natural hat trick, with all three of her goals coming before the half-way point of the first half.

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"I came from having a pretty good club soccer season and that has helped my confidence a lot," said Briseno, who competes for L.A. Premier. "Today I couldn't have done it without the team behind me. They played those balls in and they were able to set me up."

It was indeed a good showing for Burbank, considering the squad came into the regular season opener for both teams depleted. Along with a group of key players sidelined with injuries, the Bulldogs were also missing a pair of transfer players from Australia who were suffering from the stomach flu.

Despite missing his share of players and Burbank Coach Eric Montoya having to shuffle athletes around, the coach said he was pleasantly surprised with the Bulldogs' effort.

"I told the girls that they surprised me today," he said. "Overall, I was very happy with the way that we played this being the first game of the season and all, and considering the players we were missing. I told them that they are only going to get better as the season goes along."

Briseno scored all of her goals within an eight-minute span in the early going.

In the ninth minute, she took a perfect pass from junior Clarissa Guerrero and put the offering past Monrovia goalkeeper Ariana Robles.

The lead didn't last long, however, as the Wildcats' Emily Matthiesen scored less than a minute later to knot the score at 1.

Less than a minute after that, Briseno got the lead back for Burbank when she took a hard shot from the left side that the goalkeeper couldn't get to.

Briseno made it 3-1 in the 19th minute when she again fooled the Monrovia keeper. Briseno dribbled the ball up the right side and moved in toward the goal. When Robles came out to cut down the angle, Briseno flicked the ball up and over her head, the ball landing in the left upper corner of the goal.

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