Channel Islands knocks out Burroughs in the CIF Southern Section Division 5 Wild Card Round to move on to play Geffen Academy

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On a rainy Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Field, the Channel Islands Raiders defeated the John Burroughs Bears in a penalty shootout, following a 1-1 finish through extra time. Yadira Ortiz scored the game-winning goal to send the Raiders to the 1st round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 Playoffs where they will take on Geffen Academy on Thursday, February 8th at the campus of UCLA with kickoff slated for 3 PM. Entering the playoff showdown Burroughs was coming off a 3-0 win over crosstown rival Burbank while Channel Islands had a 4-0 victory over Malibu.

Joana Reyna got the scoring going for Channel Islands with the Raider’s first goal of the game to begin the scoring for both sides. 30 minutes into the game Samantha Sizemore tied the score at 1-1 with the Bears the first score for the contest. While the rain played a factor throughout the first half of play, Nadia Agulair missed a scoring chance in the 33rd minute of the game with the scoring being tied heading into the halftime break.

The 2nd half provided no offense for either side due to the sloppy conditions on the field, Graciela Gomez and Quiana Laughlin both missed goal chances in the 5th and 20th minutes of play. Full time came with both squads still being tied and two 10-minute overtime halves were set to determine the winner. Neither team could claim success in the extra 20 minutes, and both teams went into a penalty shootout.

Jennifer Rojas and Isabella Estrada both scored the first 2 goals in the sessions while Yadira Ortiz scored the game-winning goal to send the Raiders to the 1st round of the playoffs.

“Everybody played well today despite the poor field conditions. They fought through the elements and gave it their all,” said Bears head coach Braddy Riggs. Riggs praised the teamwork that led to Samantha Sizemore’s goal in the 1st half and said that Jalyin Turner made a great pass to set the goal.

Burrough’s season has come to a close and they finished the 2023-2024 season with a 9-8 overall record and a record of 9-5 in Pacific League play.

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