Burbank draws 1-1 with Pasadena in their first Pacific League home game of the season


George Attalah scored the game’s tying goal in the 29th minute of play in the first half and the Burbank Bulldogs drew 1-1 in the Pacific League home opener against the Pasadena Bulldogs. This was also the opening Pacific League home game for first-year Burbank Bulldog head coach Johnny Rotunno. Pasadena entered off a 5-2 victory over Burroughs (Burbank) at home, while Burbank beat Arcadia 2-0 on the road. Burbank went 1-1-1 in their opening road trip in Pacific League play with a 1-2 loss to Glendale, a 1-1 tie over Muir, and a 2-0 win over Arcadia.

It was a neck-and-neck first half with missed goal chances to start by Raymond Soukoazian, Harout Krdanyan, and Tobias Gonzalez. The visiting Bulldogs got the scoring going by Martinez Cortes Roberto in the 27th minute of play. Two minutes later, George Attalah scored the game-tying goal for Burbank. Both teams ended the 1st half of play in a 1-1 tie.

The 2nd half didn’t provide scoring for both teams which resulted in a lot of missed attempts by both teams. Burbank’s goalkeeper recorded 3 saves, and Pasadena used two goalkeepers in the game. Carlos Rosales recorded 1 save while Alan Rubio had none.

“I thought we played well, it’s unfortunate that we got a draw but we have a lot of things to work on,” said Bulldogs assistant coach Davit Stepanyan. Stepanyan praised Geroge Attalah for proving himself as a captain of the team and admitted that he always steps up to the challenge every time he steps onto the soccer field.

Burbank’s record is now 5-2-3 overall and 1-1-2 in Pacific League Play while Pasadena is now 6-2-1 overall and 3-0-1 in Pacific League Play. Burbank will go back on the road on Thursday, December 21st with a road contest at Crescenta Valley while Pasadena hosts Glendale on the same day. Kickoff for both games will happen at 3:45 PM.

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