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Burroughs soccer can't beat undefeated Oak Park in playoffs

Soccer: Indians see season end with 3-0 CIF Division III loss on road.

February 22, 2014|BY MICKY SHAKED

OAK PARK — Sometimes the other team is just better.

That was the case as the Burroughs High girls' soccer team traveled to Oak Park to take on the undefeated Eagles on Friday in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs.

The Indians dropped the contest, 3-0, with two of Oak Park's goals coming on set pieces.

Entering the opening playoff contest, the Eagles had scored 80 goals in 22 games, compared to just 36 in 21 games for Burroughs.

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In a game of lopsided possession, the result could have been much worse for the Indians (8-11-2).

The odds were certainly stacked against the Indians from the get-go. Oak Park went the entire season without registering a notch in the loss column, finishing 18-0-4 overall and taking the Tri-Valley League title with a 9-0-3 record.

The hosts struck the first blow early. In the sixth minute, junior midfielder Katherine Kim drew a foul 25 yards out from goal on the left side of the box. Fellow junior Lauren Bay sent the ensuing kick over the hands of Burroughs goalie Taylor Bailey and just under the crossbar to put the Indians in a hole.

The Eagles' second goal came in the 49th minute off another set piece just outside the 18-yard box. Again, Bay stepped up to the ball, but this time she slid the shot along the ground to the left of the wall and just inside the post.

"It's easy to blame the keeper on a set piece," Burroughs Coach Brady Riggs said. "Then you start blaming the wall; then you start blaming the fact that somebody fouled somebody close enough to have that happen; and then you want to blame the ref. I think maybe you should give the person taking the shot credit."

Linked passes came few and far between for the visitors, as they often opted to clear the ball upfield to a waiting Eagles player. Burroughs managed nothing more than a few brief sniffs at Oak Park's goal and the team's first shot came 32 minutes into the game from Clarissa Yang a few yards outside the box. However, the attempt sailed high over the crossbar.

"When the other team is having a better day than you and they're in your half, you tend to get a little bit kickball happy," Riggs said. "We're working on that in the program, something we're working toward with the younger players and I think we did a better job in the last 15 minutes of trying to link up a little bit."

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