Getting over a battle of nerves was half the battle the Burbank
and Burroughs high girls’ soccer teams faced Tuesday when they hooked
up in a Foothill League match at Burbank High.
Both teams started slowly, and play was at times sloppy. But
Burroughs capitalized on its chances and defeated the Bulldogs, 2-0.
“It’s like at first they couldn’t turn the nerves into some
energy,” Burroughs Coach Mike Marcos said of his team. “Once we got
the first goal [things changed].”
Senior Gabriella Pedone kept the Indians in third place in the
Foothill League standings by scoring both goals, as Burroughs won its
second consecutive league match -- following a 1-0 win Friday against
“We’re happy to be in third place right now,” said Marcos of the
tough Foothill League. “We want to go back and get Hart after a lousy
Burroughs (6-3-1, 2-2 in league) had the match’s first scoring
chance in the 18th minute, as Daisy Ortiz’s header off a cross from
Rebecca Sagory was stopped on a save from Burbank goaltender Barbara
Burbank (8-6-2, 0-4) had a good chance to score in the 22nd
minute. Jeanette Gonzalez’s left-footed shot was blocked by a
Burroughs defender following a throw-in from Kelsey Rohr.
Pedone finally scored in the 34th minute. Sonia Sagory’s throw-in
was headed by Rebecca Sagory, who got the offering to Pedone. With
her back to the goal, she was able to flick a header past a stunned
Burbank nearly got a break a minute later, as Burroughs goaltender
Justine McCabe struggled -- but held on to -- a shot by Abby
Down a goal, Burbank came out and controlled the midfield in the
second half, giving Burroughs some trouble.
“We didn’t want to be just a second-half team,” Burbank Coach
Savio Silveria said.
Burbank’s freshmen duo of Bianca De Santiago and Carolyn Chrzan
nearly hooked up in the 51st minute, as De Santiago’s cross was
flicked toward the goal by Chrzan. However, McCabe was not fooled by
Burroughs put the match away in the 73rd minute, as Sonia Sagory’s
throw-in went to her sister -- Rebecca -- who fired a shot that was
blocked by Villegas. Pedone picked up the loose ball and put it into
the empty net.
“I don’t like giving up goals on the doorstep,” Silveria said.
“Both teams played hard, but they put their chances away.”