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Burroughs soccer stays in first place with win against Hoover

Soccer: Indians fend off game Hoover, 4-2, in Pacific League tilt.

January 23, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge
(Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

GLENDALE — Burroughs High found itself on top of the Pacific League boys' soccer standings after one round of play thanks to its ability to gain definitive results.

The Indians had lost two games, one more than second-place Crescenta Valley, but had also won five games, one more than the twice-tied Falcons, giving them a one-point lead going into the second half, which started Tuesday afternoon.

"We needed to come out with a good result today," Burroughs Coach Michael Kodama said. "It's very important to start off the second half of the league that way."

For Burroughs, round two started at Toll Middle School against host Hoover, which sat at the bottom of the standings. Once again, the Indians got the definitive result they needed to stay on top by winning, 4-2, against a determined Tornadoes squad, which twice tied the contest before falling.

"I told the guys, if we're close, Burroughs is in first, so just keep on going. We have nothing to lose," Hoover Coach Kevin Cadenas said.

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Burroughs (9-5-2, 6-2 in league) got the eventual game-winning goal in the 63rd minute from junior Milosh Petko, who had previously scored both goals in the Indians' 2-1 win over Hoover earlier this season. Indian Brandon Gerlach used his potent throw-in to send the ball deep into the box to the head of Manny Celio, who lightly flicked it on to Petko, who then finished with a shot into the back of the far post netting to break a 2-2 tie.

"Brandon has a great throw," Petko said. "It's one of the biggest weapons on the team probably, because we've scored so many goals off of it."

Gerlach later added some insurance on a free kick just outside the box that found its way through the Hoover wall for a goal in the waning moments of the contest.

"We've been working on our set-pieces," Kodama said. "We've been working on our patterns of play up front trying to create more openings. We got our openings. We got our chances and we finally had a chance to finish some of those."

Hoover (2-6-3, 1-5-2) fought back in both the first and second halves to tie the game on goals by Artin Almary. In the game's 13th minute, Argin Haghoubian, who had scored all three of his team's goals in their previous two matches, dribbled the ball with speed down the side of the field before cutting in and laying in a pass to the feet of Almary, who made a delayed run down the middle of the field to get open and finish.

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