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Burroughs' Gerlach named league player of the year

Soccer: Indians land seven players on this season's all-league list, while Burbank has two.

March 10, 2014|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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Since he was a sophomore playing on varsity two years ago, Burroughs High's Brandon Gerlach continued to grow as a player.

"It has just been great to see Brandon progress like he has since he started to play for us as a sophomore," Burroughs Coach Mike Kodama said. "And he just continued to get better and his skills increased every year."

The culmination of those skills were displaced this past season for Gerlach, who was one of the Indians' captains. A force in the midfield, the senior orchestrated the team's offense and took charge when it came to running Burroughs' set pieces. The midfielder's contributions helped the Indians capture a second straight Pacific League championship.

Those skills were recognized by the rest of the Pacific League, as Gerlach was named the league's player of the year.

Gerlach was joined on the all-league list my six teammates. Making the first team was junior forward Ashot Veisyan, senior defender Michael Conrad, senior midfielder Nolberto Alcantar and senior forward Milosh Petko.

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Named to the second team were Burroughs junior midfielder Andres Aguilar, who was joined by Burbank senior midfielder Christopher Mazzi.

Earning spots as honorable mention picks were Indians' senior midfielder/defender VJ Salazar and Burbank sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Hank.

Although Gerlach said it is an honor to win the league's top award, he added he is humbled by the recognition.

"It is really more of a team award than a personal award for me," said Gerlach, who was a first-team all-league and third-team All-CIF Southern Section Division II selection as a junior. "There was no way I could have done what I did this season without the guys I had around me. I feel fortunate to have such a good group of guys to play alongside.

"But that's how it's been during all my three years at Burroughs. I've really been lucky to play on teams that have a wealth of talented players."

This season for Burroughs, Gerlach played in 22 games, scored five goals and had 10 assists. He also came up big in league for the Indians, scoring game-winners versus Crescenta Valley and Arcadia.

During his senior campaign, Gerlach was asked to take on more of a leadership role. It is a role that he relished.

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