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Three new coaches the order for local teams

Jeff Tully

Players are getting used to three new coaches among the four local

girls’ soccer teams this season.

Although Rich Triquart was an assistant at Bellarmine-Jefferson

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High last season, he takes over the head coaching duties for the

Guards this year.

At Burroughs, 1996 graduate and former All-Foothill League player

Sandra Rosales joins the program and should give the Indians a

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refreshing boost.

Ruben Mendoza, who has extensive experience coaching in the

Burbank Red Machine club program, beings his experience to

Providence. Mendoza is being assisted by Matt Rosenfield, who coached

the Pioneer boys’ team last season.

The lone returning head coach is Burbank’s Savio Silveria, who

enters his fourth season with high expectations.

Here is a look at how the season is shaping up.

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BURBANK

The Bulldogs ended last season with a bang, upsetting powerful

Hart, 2-1, in a Foothill League finale.

“We were very happy to get that big win in the last [match] of the

season,” said Silveria, whose team was 9-12-2, 1-9 in league last

season. “We are hoping that we can build on that win, and get a boost

from it for this season.”

The Bulldogs put together a successful nonleague run last season,

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going 8-3-1 to start the year. But once league play rolled around,

the team struggled.

“We had some very close results in league last season,” Silveria

said. “We should have won some of those [matches].

“Our goal is to be the first Burbank girls’ soccer team to make

the playoffs, and I think we can do that. We have some very good

talent this year.”

Leading the way is sophomore forward Carolyn Chrzan, who had 16

goals and nine assists a year ago.

Returning players Silveria expects to make an impact are sophomore

midfielder Bianca DeSantiago, junior midfielder/defender Liliana

Morales, junior forward/ midfielder Kelsey Rohr, senior midfielder

Janette Gonzalez and senior forward Barbara Villegas.

The team should also get a boost from senior goalkeeper Brianna

Jackson, who is a talented player.

BURROUGHS

Winning a league championship under former Coach Rob Kodama in the

mid-1990s, Rosales has the experience of playing winning soccer.

Rosales also went on to play and coach at Glendale Community

College.

With a good group of returning players, and a mix of young

athletes, Rosales said she is setting high team goals for this

season.

“I would like for us to win a league championship,” she said. “But

if not, I want us to be able to make the playoffs. With the players

we have, I think that’s possible.”

Returners who will be expected to lead the way are senior sweeper

Judith Soto, senior midfielder Sonia Sagory, junior center/midfielder

Rebecca Mendez and sophomore defender Hannah Earl.

Newcomers who should help out Burroughs (6-10-1, 3-7) are freshman

Destanie Michaels, sophomore Lauren Scherr, junior goalkeeper

Daniella Florindez and senior defender Lysette Valles, who is playing

her first year of high school soccer.

“We have some girls who have come back to the team after leaving

the program the last few years,” Rosales said.

In the league mix, Rosales said she expects most of the teams to

be tough this season

PROVIDENCE

One of the Pioneers’ best athletes is goalkeeper Jenny Farah, who

is a four-year player. And that’s the position most teams want their

best athlete playing.

“Jenny is a very good player who knows what she’s doing in goal,”

Rosenfield said. “She will be one of our strengths.”

Providence -- who tied just one match last season and lost the

rest -- will rely on junior center/midfielder Kara Valeriano and

defender Katherine Jedlicka and freshmen center/midfielder Jessica

Castillo and forward Marissa Pearson to help carry the team.

“This is a really good group of girls,” Rosenfield said. “I think

we should do pretty well.”

Rosenfield said he expects L.A. Windward to be tough in the

Liberty League.

BELL-JEFF

Triquart has an interesting mix for this year’s Guards’ team.

Along with six returning seniors, the rest of the Bell-Jeff players

are sophomores and freshmen.

“I am happy with the group of players that we have,” he said. “And

we have some players who are finishing a school play and some who

were in cross-country who should be coming out.”

The big problem for the team is with its league. A host of

talented schools, like L.A. Marlborough, L.A. Marymount, L.A. Notre

Dame Academy and Pasadena La Salle, make the Sunshine League a

powerful group of teams.

“We know we play in a very difficult league with very good teams,”

Triquart said. “But we are building up a program and we will get

there eventually. This is a process and we are working hard on it.”

Accomplished returning players are senior Jessica Vera, who can

play a variety of positions, and junior defender Cynthia Huezo.

Newcomers who could make an impact are sophomore Yvette Madrid and

Kelsey Carapia, whose positions have yet to be determined.

Triquart said the goalkeeper position is still up for grabs.


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