BURBANK — Shortly after the final whistle was blown, the usually subdued Mike Kodama took out his frustrations on a water bottle on the sideline.
The veteran coach of the Burroughs High boys' soccer team was echoing the disappointment and frustration that his players experienced as they walked off the field Thursday.
The coach had just witnessed an upset in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs, and it came at the expense of his Indians. Katella from Anaheim, a team that earned a wild-card berth into the postseason, scored a goal in the first half and made it stand in notching a 1-0 victory against host Burroughs at Memorial Field.
The loss comes one year removed from a quarterfinal run for Burroughs last season. With a host of returning players, including three All-CIF athletes, the Indians (15-4-5) were hoping for another successful postseason run. Burroughs catapulted into the playoffs after capturing its second straight Pacific League championship.