The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team has seen its share of talented
teams this season.
Powerful squads like Anaheim Servite, El Toro, Brea Olinda, Santa
Ana and Encino Crespi have provided the Indians with some spirited
So it’s not unnerving to Burroughs Coach Mike Kodama that his
squad has a difficult opponent for the first round of the CIF
Southern Section Division II playoffs.
At 3:15 p.m. Saturday, the Indians will take on host Thousand
Oaks, which was ranked No. 5 in the final week of the regular season.
“All you have to say is that Thousand Oaks is the Marmonte League
champion, and that says enough,” Kodama said. “We know they are going
to be very physical and they are going to come to play.
“But we are familiar with the kind of soccer they play in their
league, and we have played against Marmonte League teams like
Calabasas, Camarillo and Moorpark. So I think we know what to expect
and playing a tough team is nothing new.”
The Indians (12-9-2, 5-4-1 in league) are in the postseason for
the first time in three seasons. They also come into the playoffs
after struggling on offense at times during league play, scoring 10
goals in 10 matches.
“We started out the season where we were scoring goals pretty
well,” Kodama said. “But later in the season, we hit a little rut in
league. But I know we have the capability to score goals.”
Leading the Indian offense is senior forward Sean Lowe, who has 12
goals. Teammates Michael Barbic and Raul Medina have six goals each.
Burroughs received a setback Thursday in its final league match at
Canyon. In a 4-1 loss, freshman starting goalkeeper Kevin Cardenas
injured his knee when he collided with a Cowboy player.
Kodama said Cardenas should be sidelined for a week and could
possibility be ready for Saturday’s match. If Cardenas is still
hampered by the injury, the Indians have a competent replacement in
Jason Salazar, who has played in goal this season.
The Lancers (15-1-4, 10-0-4) lost their only match to Rio Mesa,
1-0, in the Buena Tournament.