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Tribe nails down boys' soccer championship

Boys' soccer: Burroughs beats Arcadia, 4-2, to claim first league crown since 2009.

February 05, 2013|BY NATHAN CAMBRIDGE

BURBANK — Going into its penultimate game of the Pacific League boys' soccer season Tuesday hosting fourth-place Arcadia, the championship could not be denied first-place Burroughs if it won its final two games.

But, with second-place Crescenta Valley locking horns with third-place Pasadena at the same time, the Indians could step right into their first league title since 2009 with a victory and just a little help from the Bulldogs.

Burroughs received that help when Pasadena played to a 1-1 draw with the three-time defending champion Falcons.

Burroughs, which along with Arcadia are the only Pacific League teams not to have a tie in league, then did its part, using a hat trick from Manny Celio to secure a 4-2 victory and earn the right to wear the Pacific League boys' soccer crown.

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"I'm very proud of the guys," said Burroughs Coach Michael Kodama, whose squad is ranked No. 8 in CIF Southern Section Division III "They worked very hard for this."

From the beginning, the Apaches came out determined to hold Burroughs (13-6-2, 10-3 in league) without an early goal like the one it had gotten in the third minute of its 4-1 victory against CV last Friday that propelled the Indians into sole possession of first. The mantra of "the first five minutes" could be heard from the Arcadia (9-10-1, 6-7) bench.

The visitors did hold Burroughs off for the first five, despite a shot on a free kick from Celio in the third minute that clanged off the near post. But in the sixth minute, Celio could not be denied, scoring the first of his goals in spectacular fashion. Andres Aguilar stole the ball in the center of midfield before bending a pass out to Celio running down the left side of the field toward goal. As Celio collected the pass, the ball came up into the air while Arcadia defenders flocked to him. The senior then touched the ball through the air to himself multiple times, moving into the center of the field as he looked to settle the ball. Then, amid a throng of Apaches, Celio hammered a low-driving shot into the back of the net for the early 1-0 advantage.

"It was all instinct," Celio said of his first goal, "going up one way, then the other way, and then at last I had the opportunity to take a shot and it went in."

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