“It was definitely a physical game and some of my girls are not used to that stuff,” Burroughs second-year Coach Eddie Garcia said. “I tried to prepare them beforehand for this type of game because we know Pasadena is a physical team.”
Wednesday’s contest hardly seemed destined to be physical, especially after the Indians (6-8-1 overall, 3-0 in league) scored three goals within the first 19 minutes in taking a 3-0 into the half.
Yet, after both teams engaged in a few punishing slide tackles over the first 15 minutes of the second half, frustration began to show when Pasadena halfback Samantha Koemans was taken down from behind in the 57th minute.
Koemans gathered herself, while players from each side began a screaming match as both game officials tried to restore order.
The tackle of Koemans came five minutes after Burroughs defender Taylor Bailey was yellow-carded on a tackle of Pasadena’s Anne Joni Mojica.
Four minutes after Koemans’ free kick, Pasadena (4-6-2, 1-2) picked up a red card when Suzzeth Jimenez was ejected after arguing with the side judge after the Bulldogs took down an Indians player.
Shortly after, in the 65th minute, Bailey picked up her second yellow on a tackle from behind and was also tossed.
While all the aforementioned activity was going on, the game official also warned the Burroughs boys’ soccer team, which had sat on the visitors’ side, to walk over to the home side.
“In a game like this, it was hard to keep my team focused with all the emotion and everything that was going on,” said Pasadena second-year Coach Kamiko Johnson, who was warned in the first half to calm down a few boisterous members of the Bulldogs crowd. “I wanted them to realize that all that mattered was the game and not the officials or anything else that was going on.”