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Defense lets down in Burroughs soccer loss

Soccer: Indians girls break down defensively in 4-0 loss to Canyon.

December 12, 2012|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

CANYON COUNTRY – In its first three matches of the season, the Burroughs High girls' soccer team received strong efforts from its defense, which allowed just three goals, and didn't give up more than one in any game.

It was that defense that helped the Indians win all three of those contests.

However, in the early going Wednesday in a nonleague game against Canyon Country Canyon, the usually stable defense started to show come cracks. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they weren't able to take advantage through the first 16 minutes.

But the defensive breakdowns afforded Canyon kept coming, and they were finally able to cash in. The Cowboys took those gifts and rolled to a 4-0 victory at Harry Welch Stadium.

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Burroughs (3-1) came into Wednesday's match after recording wins against South Pasadena, Palos Verdes and Lawndale.

"We had some players playing out of position today and that might have had something to do with it," said Burroughs Coach Eddie Garcia about his team's defensive problems in cold conditions. "It also might have been partially my fault because I warmed them up too early.

"But we always say we learn from our losses. Hopefully we learned a lot today."

Along with the changes the Cowboys (1-4) generated early in the first half, the Indians also had their opportunities on offense.

In the fifth minute, Burroughs' Brittany Mata delivered a nice pass to teammate Emma Pineiro. The two were able to split the defense and Pineiro got off a hard shot from the left side. However, Canyon goalkeeper Meghan Kennedy was able to slide over to knock the ball away.

Another chance came in the ninth minute. Mata got a rebound and had a chance to put the ball on net, but she was unable to work the shot in.

"We did have our chances," Garcia said. "We just weren't able to finish."

Burroughs allowed the eventual game-winner in the 17th minute. After the Indians lost the ball deep in their own zone, Canyon's Vanessa Quintero got control of the ball on the right side and delivered a pass across the field. Streaking down the left side unmarked, Kelsi Howard caught up to the ball and headed it in past goalkeeper Taylor Bailey.

The Cowboys added to their tally in the 28th minute when Quintero got free in the middle and drilled in a header off a corner kick.

The half would end with the Cowboys holding a 2-0 advantage.

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