The comeback win for Burroughs (15-3-4, 10-1-2 in league) — ranked No. 6 in CIF Southern Section Division III — means the defending champion of the Pacific League now has 32 points and sole possession of the top spot with one game to go. This came to pass after Pasadena, the co-leader coming in, played Arcadia to a scoreless tie Tuesday, putting the Bulldogs at 30 points.
"Without this win, I don't think we would be [in the position to be] league champs," said Petko, who also scored Burroughs' only goal in a 1-0 win at Muir earlier this season. "So, we needed this win a lot. This is the biggest big game for us today."
The Indians can clinch their second straight league title with a victory against cross-town rival Burbank on Thursday.
The contest was deadlocked at 1-1 with just over eight minutes to play when Burroughs broke through to take the lead for the first time. Working on the left side going in, Indians midfielder Brandon Gerlach slid a pass through the Mustangs defense to Petko, who immediately shot the ball across the face off the goal and into the back of the net for the eventual game-winner.
"Brandon gave me a lovely ball," Petko said. "He saw it and he gave it to me. I just finished it. I can't let my team down. He gave me a beautiful ball and I've just got to finish that."
The Indians had trailed, 1-0, starting the second, on the strength of a Muir (6-8-1, 5-7-1) goal by Moises Sanchez with five minutes to go before halftime.