Burroughs defeats Burbank 3-0 in round 1 of the crosstown rival series

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The John Burroughs Bears have taken round 1 of the crosstown rival series by the final of 3-0 on Friday afternoon behind goals by Joey Earl, Alexander Lorea, and Danny Pascual. Frank Hernandez and Christopher Reyes combined for six saves in net for the Bears in the victory. Bulldogs goalkeeper Hayk Tovmasyan recorded seven saves in the loss. Burbank entered off a 1-1 tie against Muir while Burroughs suffered a 4-1 loss to Glendale last Tuesday afternoon.

Following 2 missed chances at goal by Pascual and Loera, Earl found the back of the net for the Bears in the 20th minute in the 1st half. Following the goal, Burbank had 2 missed chances in half one by Rigoberto Garcia and another by Aram Hovanessian. The Bears headed into the halftime break with a 1-0 lead over the Bulldogs.

After intermission, George Attalah missed a crucial attempt at goal, which went over the crossbar in the 3rd minute of the 2nd half. Lorea recorded the Bears’ second goal of the game in the 7th minute of play, while Pascual recorded a goal from the penalty spot in the 24th minute to ice the game for Burroughs. Burbank’s Raffi Harutyunyan got ejected while arguing with the official, due to the presentation of a red card. Lara also missed a goal chance in the 26th minute with the ball going through the goalpost.

“Coming into the game, we had a game plan to beat Burbank, and knew the formations they played but expected a win,” said Burroughs assistant coach George Flores. Flores praised Earl, Pascual, and Lara for their outstanding performances and admitted that the boys stuck to their game plan in the win.

“No excuses. They played better than us. It just wasn’t our day. We lost all momentum after that penalty shot,” said Burbank coach Johnny Rotunno. Rotunno also admitted that the red card was unnecessary and the officiating wasn’t in Burbank’s favor.

Burbank falls to 6-4-4 overall and 2-3-3 in Pacific League Play while Burroughs returns to .500 with a 5-5 overall record and 4-4 in Pacific League play. Burbank will take on Glendale at home on Tuesday, January 16th at 3:45 p.m. while Burroughs will have a road contest with Arcadia on the same day and same time. The next time the two crosstown rivals meet will be on Thursday, February 1st at Burbank High School with kickoff slated for 3:45 p.m.

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