BURBANK HIGH — The Burroughs High boys’ water polo team was hoping to extend its season past Tuesday.
Not finishing among the top-four teams in the Pacific League regular season, the Indians were relegated to a consolation match against Arcadia.
Although Burroughs took a three-goal lead in the first half, the Apaches came roaring back in the second half to earn a 8-7 victory at Burbank High.
“We made some stupid mistakes in the second half,” Burroughs Coach Danny Garcia said. “Those are mistakes that we shouldn’t be making at this stage of the season.”
The Indians were kept in the game late by the play of goalkeeper Casey Ueno. Ueno made five of his 11 blocks in the fourth quarter.
Burroughs was paced by Daniel Marina, who had three goals. Teammate Martin Ortega added two and Kevin Ueno and Jon Marino added one each.
Arcadia jumped out to a 2-1 lead and led, 3-2, after the first quarter.
But the Burroughs defense stepped up in the second quarter, shutting out the Apaches, 4-0, in the stanza to take a 6-3 lead at the half.
Unfortunately for the Indians, they faltered in the third quarter, as Arcadia scored three straight goals to tie the score at 6 going into the fourth.
Mistakes proved costly for Burroughs in the fourth, as it couldn’t find the net. The Indians were whistled for an illegal reentry with 3:20 left in the match, and Arcadia’s Zach Spidea made good on a five-meter penalty shot.
The Apaches scored again at the 1:47 mark to go up, 8-6.
Marino scored with 24 seconds left for Burroughs.
“We are just real young,” Garcia said. “All but two of our players came from the [junior varsity] or freshmen teams. We have a lot to work on for next year.”