MEMORIAL FIELD — It was a textbook case of missed opportunities when the Burroughs High boys' soccer team squared off against Taft in a first-round, pool-play match of the Ralph Brandt Tournament.
In a first half that saw the Indians suffer their share of defensive lapses, the Toreadors had a wealth of chances to score, only to come up empty. The tables were turned in the second half, as Burroughs knocked on the door on several occasions with prime scoring opportunities.
However, like their counterparts in the first half, the Indians couldn’t cash in on any of their chances in the second. As a result, the teams ended in a 0-0 tie at Memorial Field.
In the opening half, Burroughs looked anything but crisp, and coach Mike Kodama said his squad was lucky to survive the first 40 minutes without giving up a goal.
“It was wet and slippery out there and that might have had something to do with it,” said Kodama, who was going against his brother, Matthew, the Taft head coach. “But we made some early mistakes and we were fortunate that they weren’t able to convert any of their chances.