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Indians claim rivalry victory, 2-0

Jim Riggio

The Burroughs High girls’ soccer team had some things to be happy

about Friday.

The good news came in the form of a 2-0 win over rival Burbank in

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a Foothill League match at Memorial Field.

The victory keeps the Indians in the hunt for a CIF Southern

Section playoff berth.

However, for the Indians to make the playoffs, they will have to

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defeat both Valencia and Canyon highs next week.

And for the match against Valencia on Tuesday, Burroughs will be

minus its’ leading scorer Gabriella Pedone. Pedone, along with

Burbank’s Judy Maxwell, both received red cards during Friday’s

match.

“If we win both of our games, we’ll be tied for third,” Burroughs

Coach Mike Marcos said of the Foothill League race. “But we have two

tough teams ahead and we’ll be without Gaby for the Valencia game.”

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Burroughs (6-8-1, 3-5 in league) scored twice in the first 11

minutes and then sat back and defended its lead.

“We have lot of seniors on this team and I wanted to make sure

they got to play in this game,” Marcos said.

Burbank Coach Savio Silveria said a slow start proved to be costly

to his team.

“We came out really timid and we didn’t get into the game until

they scored the two goals,” Silveria said of his team, which dropped

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to 8-11-2, 0-8. “We wanted to win three in a row, but I guess we’ll

have to concentrate on two wins.

“I’m proud of the girls. The fought until the end.”

Burroughs scored in the ninth minute, as Pedone made good on a

goal on a breakaway, taking a left-footed shot outside the goal box

that trickled through the hands of Burbank goalie Barbara Villegas.

Two minute later, Pedone connected again, this time stunning the

Burbank defense by flicking a header off a throw-in into the far end

of the Bulldog net.

“I’m glad she scored before the cards,” Marcos said. “She’ll be

missed.”

Burbank had a few chances to score in the first half.

Jeanette Gonzalez nearly knocked in a shot that Burroughs goalie

Justin McCabe mishandled in the 16th minute.

Both teams appeared to have been affected by the red cards given

out in the 29th minute.

“There is so much tension and animosity into this rivalry,”

Marcos said.” Somebody pokes someone and World War III could

potentially break out. Savio and I agree -- we’re not consumed by

this rivalry. He and I wish our teams would get up for the games with

the other teams like this one.”


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