La Canada Beats Burroughs 3-1 behind 2 goals by Samantha Hosford
The La Canada Spartans defeated the John Burroughs Bears, 3-1 behind the 2-goal performance by sophomore Samantha Hosford. Neumeier had goals in both the 1st and 2nd half to help the Spartans bounce back from a 3-1 loss to the Crescenta Valley Falcons. The Bears, on the other hand, dropped their second straight to start the season following a 5-2 loss to Louisville in their season home opener.
The 1st half started with missed goal chances by Samantha Sizemore of Burroughs and Samantha Neumeier of La Canada but, during the 27th minute of play in the half, Samantha Hosford scored the match’s first goal, which happened to be the only score of the half. La Canada ended the 1st half with a 1-0 lead.
After the halftime break, Samantha Neumier scored a big goal in the 9th minute of the 2nd half for the Spartans to make it a 2-0 lead. After the goal by Neumeier, Geneva Keifer, and Samantha Sizemore of Burroughs both had chances to score but they kicked the ball too high over the crossbar. While the Bears were searching for answers to get their offense going, senior Gracie Gomez got Burroughs on the board to make it a one-goal game in hopes of a comeback or a draw. Hosford put an end to those hopes when she scored her 2nd goal of the contest to make it a 3-1 lead for La Canada. Freshman goalkeeper of Burroughs Caylin Kernes recorded 9 saves and allowed 3 goals in net while senior goalkeeper of La Canada Montana LaBarge recorded 4 saves and allowed 1 goal in net.
“We just wanted to put in a team effort in the win over Burroughs,” said La Canada head coach, Kevin Neumeier. Neumier went on to say that Samantha Hosford led the Spartans in goal-scoring as a freshman for a reason, but was able to create things offensively and defensively.
“I don’t care what our record is as it makes no difference whatsoever,” said Bears coach Brady Riggs. “If we play bad soccer and go 2-0 it doesn’t help us at all.” Riggs went on to say that Gracie Gomez made a great shot and admits it has been a strength of hers since her freshman year.
Burroughs drops to 0-2 on the season while La Canada improves to 4-1 on the season. The Bears will begin Pacific League play on the road with Glendale on Tuesday, December 5th at 3:45 PM while La Canada will host Notre Dame Academy on Monday, December 4th at 4 PM.