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Burroughs soccer can't cash in

Burroughs Indians have chances in second half, but end up tying Taft, 0-0.

November 29, 2012|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • Xavi Izqueta had the best chance to put Burroughs ahead when he dribbled in and took a hard shot that was deflected in the 54th minute.
Xavi Izqueta had the best chance to put Burroughs ahead… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

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.

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“But I felt as the game went on we got stronger and stronger and we played a lot better in the second half.”

Burroughs had 10 shots in the game, with the majority coming in the second half.

In the first 20 minutes of the second, the Indians maintained offensive pressure that kept Taft goalkeeper Josh Burman busy. During that span, Burroughs kept the ball primarily in the Toreadors’ end.

The best chance the Indians had at breaking the tie came within a three-minute barrage starting in the 54th minute. Burroughs’ Brian Arzate gave the ball to Xavi Izqueta on a give-and-go on the left side deep in Taft territory. Izqueta dribbled in and took a hard shot that Burman deflected.

When Taft couldn’t clear the ball, a Burroughs player delivered a header in a crowd that rocketed toward the Toreadors’ goal. With the goalkeeper out of position, Taft defender Oscar Barco stepped in front of the offering and kicked it away, saving a sure goal.

Less than a minute later, Indian Michael Conrad delivered a hard shot on goal that Burman was able to get a hand on and deflect away.

“We should have definitely scored a few of those goals,” Burroughs junior forward Brandon Gerlach said. “There are some things that we have to work on, but I think we’ll get to it.”

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