“I wasn’t sure if that goal was going to be enough,” Burroughs Coach Mike Kodama said. “But I have to give a lot of credit to Burbank. They worked hard the whole time and they were able to keep things close.”
Burroughs wasted little time putting the pressure on the Bulldogs (3-6-1, 1-4-2). On the opening whistle, the Indians had just two touches on the ball before it was left for Manny Cello. Cello dribbled the ball and from 30 yards out, let loose with a booming shot that sailed toward the Burbank goal. The ball carried over the head of goalkeeper Galust Galstyan and into the upper-left corner of the net.
Celio said he saw an opportunity and took a chance.
“Our coach told us to shoot early,” Celio said. “When I kicked it, I kept watching it and I didn’t know if it was going to go in. I thought the goalie might get a hand on it or something, but he didn’t.”
That was the only hardship experienced by Galstyan on the day, as he made a number of key saves to keep Burbank in the game. The senior ended with 12 saves.
One of those saves came in the ninth minute. Burroughs looked as if it was going to add to its lead when Brandon Gerlach dribbled through a host of defenders and had a prime opportunity as he moved in toward the goal. Gerlach let loose with a hard shot, but Galstyan was able to knock the ball away with a sliding save.
Although the Indians did have their share of scoring chances throughout the contest, Galstyan and the Burbank defense played well and snuffed all of the opportunities.