Charles RichIn some ways, the Glendale and...

Charles Rich

In some ways, the Glendale and Burroughs high girls’ soccer teams are

mirror images of each other.

None bigger than each team suffering from offensive deficiencies,


particularly making crisp passes that lead to scoring goals.

Burroughs finally cracked Glendale’s defense Monday as reserve

forward Desha Ferris scored midway through the first half to give the

Indians a 1-0 nonleague victory against the host Nitros.


Burroughs (1-3-2) snapped a three-match losing skid in which the

Indians failed to score in three Navy Flight pool-play matches Friday

and Saturday in the fourth annual Western Christian Tournament at

Cal Poly Pomona.

Glendale (0-4) has scored one goal this season. The Nitros scored

their lone goal Saturday against Covina Charter Oak in a White Flight

pool-play match Saturday in the Western Christian Tournament.

Leave it to Ferris to break the stranglehold. She took a centering


pass from Rebecca Mendez and lofted a 20-yard shot over the

outstretched arms of Glendale goalkeeper Vanessa Aragon in the 25th


“It was a lucky goal,” said Ferris, who was ill throughout late

November. “I’m always hoping to score.

“We have some very good players, and I can still gain more

knowledge and skill.”

Burroughs dominated most of the match, despite allowing four


corner kicks during a two-minute stretch in the first half. Glendale

had one quality scoring chance foiled by Indian goalkeeper Lauran


Glendale also lost the services of halfback Jessica Kang and

Xochitl Cubero midway through the first half to injuries. Kang hurt

her knee and quadriceps, and Cubero wasn’t effective running.

“We need to find someone to score for us,” Glendale Coach Bob

Francis said. “We had some chances on the corner kicks, but the ball

lays around the front of the net.

“We are having a little bit of trouble on defense, and we aren’t

marking people as well as we should be.”

The Indians return to action at 3:30 p.m. today with a nonleague

match against visiting Pasadena.