LA CAÑADA — On several occasions Tuesday during a nonleague match against Burbank High, the La Cañada girls' soccer team did a good job at exploiting the Bulldogs defense.
The Spartans constantly worked their way behind the Burbank defenders, which resulted in their share of breakaways and scoring opportunities.
However, despite the opportunities, La Cañada couldn't tally a goal throughout most of the first half. The Spartans finally did hit pay dirt with two minutes to go in the opening half and then had a little more luck with two additional goals in the first 21 minutes of the second to post a 3-1 victory against the visiting Bulldogs.
The win is the fifth straight to open the season for the Spartans (5-0), who have a relatively young squad with five seniors.
"We have had some success so far, but we're still not playing to where I think we should be," La Cañada Coach Louie Bilowitz said. "The forwards still haven't learned to make the types of runs that I'm asking for. We are distributing the ball correctly, but they're not anticipating where the ball's going to be and they are just reacting and then it's too late.