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Burroughs High girls' soccer takes physical one from Burbank

Soccer: Indians score 30th-minute goal in nabbing Media City rivalry game, 1-0, over Bulldogs.

January 24, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Burbank High School's #27 Nicole Winters controls the ball as a Burroughs High School player keeps the pressure on during game at Burroughs High in Burbank on Friday, January 24, 2014. Burroughs won the home game 1-0.
Burbank High School's #27 Nicole Winters controls… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

BURBANK — About all that stood after 80-plus minutes of crosstown rivalry girls’ soccer between Burbank High and host Burroughs at Memorial Field was a 30th-minute goal.

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Other than that, the Indians and Bulldogs spent much of Friday afternoon’s Pacific League contest hammering each other, while also attacking the opposing nets.

In a contest that included four yellow cards, one penalty kick and several injuries, Burroughs will have a win to soothe its bruises as the Indians topped Burbank, 1-0.

“I’ve seen a lot of cool things in sports and this was one of them,” Indians first-year Coach Brady Riggs said. “We were seriously down starters because of injuries and different girls stepped up and stepped in. This is one of the greatest performances I’ve seen.”

The victory keeps Burroughs in the Pacific League title chase, as the Indians are now 6-6-1 overall and 5-0-1 in league with a road clash with league-leading Arcadia (7-5-1, 6-0) looming next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

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The defeat pushed Burbank (5-3-3, 3-2-1) into a tie for third with Crescenta Valley (3-7-1, 3-2-1).

Despite being outshot, 18-6, Burroughs netted Friday’s lone goal 10 minutes before halftime off a set piece.

Indians junior Danielle Tilton, a transfer from Mission Viejo, was given a throw-in about 25 yards from the Bulldogs’ goal.

Tilton successfully lobbed a deep pass that bounced once in the box and was whipped in by senior striker Bailey Simmons from six yards out and just out of the range of Bulldogs junior keeper Allison Tiegs (two saves) for the match’s only score.

“[Tilton] just threw the perfect throw and all I was trying to do was to get my head on it,” Simmons said.

The Burroughs goal countered the match’s pace, as the Bulldogs controlled possession throughout and were mostly on the offensive.

For a while, it appeared as if a tying goal was a foregone conclusion, particularly in the 45th minute when the Bulldogs were awarded a penalty kick when a Burbank player went down just inside the 18.

Yet, fortune smiled on Burroughs, as senior forward Dakota Briseno was agonizingly wide left on the penalty try.

The opportunity was hardly the last for Burbank, though, as three minutes later freshman Kira Borchard fired a 20-yard shot that required a running save from Indians goalie Taylor Bailey (six saves).

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