Perhaps its best Foothill League performance of the season Friday
by the Burbank High boys’ soccer team will likely be overshadowed by
an unfortunate incident.
In the match, the host Bulldogs played well and gave second-place
Burroughs all it could handle, as the teams finished in a 1-1 tie.
However, the tie will probably have to be forfeited by Burbank
after a CIF Southern Section rule violation appears to have been
The Bulldogs’ best player -- Jeff Ruiz, wearing his blue jersey
with his No. 7 clearly visible -- spent most of the second half
standing 20 yards from the team’s bench. Ruiz even ventured onto the
field of play at the conclusion of the match to shake hands with the
Ruiz’s attendance at the match could spell trouble for Burbank.
Ruiz received a red card Tuesday in a Foothill League contest against
visiting Valencia, prompting an ejection.
Under Southern Section rules, a player who receives a red card is
suspended from taking part in the following match.
The CIF Southern Section Blue Book Constitution and Bylaws,
Article 24, Section 2418, under Player Conduct reads: “A player who
is ejected from the previous contest who, knowingly or unknowingly,
participates in, or is in attendance, at the next contest will result
in the forfeiture of that contest.”
Apparently, Ruiz was at the field prior to the match and was
pointed out. He was asked to leave the field by an official, which he
did. However, some time later, he returned to the Burbank sideline.
Following the match, first-year Bulldog Coach Michael Bailie was
asked about the situation by a Burroughs administrator.
Bailie said he was aware that Ruiz was not supposed to be at the
contest, and reiterated the fact that an official had asked the
player to leave the vicinity.
But as far as dealing with Ruiz’s return, Bailie said he was
occupied with other things.
"[Ruiz] was told by the ref to leave, and he did,” Bailie said. “I
was too busy dealing with the game and my players to do anything
about him being here.”
A forfeit win would benefit Burroughs (11-7-3, 4-2-2 in league),
which is battling for a league championship.
With two matches remaining, a win against Burbank -- coupled with
road victories against Valencia on Tuesday and first-place Canyon on
Thursday -- would give the Indians their first title since 1997.
In Friday’s match, Burbank (7-10-5, 0-6-2) received a goal in the
42nd minute by Martin Armas. Burroughs tied the score in the 48th
minute on a goal from Michael Barbic.
“It is a Burroughs-Burbank game and any time you have the teams
playing you know it’s going to be a dogfight,” Burroughs Coach Mike
Kodama said. “That’s what happens in a rivalry like this.”