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Burroughs girls' soccer hustles past Crescenta Valley

Soccer: Tilton's late goal propels Indians over Falcons, 1-0.

January 13, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa

BURBANK — Perhaps it was just a little extra hustle that proved the difference for the Burroughs High girls' soccer team in Monday afternoon's Pacific League action versus visiting Crescenta Valley at Memorial Field.

Indians junior forward Danielle Tilton fired a brilliant 12-yard goal into the top left corner of the opposing box in the 65th minute, having to outrun two defenders in the process, in what was a 1-0 victory for Burroughs, the first such triumph for the program versus the Falcons since Feb. 1, 2008.

"It there's one word to describe Danielle, that's it, hustle," Burroughs first-year Coach Brady Riggs said. "She's got this motor on her that doesn't quit and she just finished on a great pass from [sophomore midfielder] Noelle Garcia, who's been outstanding both in the backfield and on set pieces."

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The victory, which snapped an Indians 0-6-6 winless streak versus the Falcons (2-6 overall, 2-1 in league), leaves Burroughs (4-6, 3-0) as one of two undefeated teams in league with Arcadia, which traveled to Hoover on Monday.

As for the goal, the shot was set up when Garcia was taken down from behind 30 yards from her own goal.

The Indians were awarded a free kick, which Garcia blasted into the Falcons' attacking third.

The ball bounced high about 30 yards from the Crescenta Valley goal with two Falcons defenders and Tilton tracking down the pass.

Tilton raced and split the defenders. Tilton took possession, dribbled about 10 yards and then fired a right-to-left shot that curled into the corner of the net for the match's lone goal.

"I just think [the defenders] were caught a little off-guard with the pass and I was able to get ahead of them," said Tilton, a transfer from Mission Viejo High. "I was just trying to score. I really wasn't thinking about anything else other than that."

The goal was enough, as the Falcons, who finished with nine shots, only attempted one shot on goal in the second half, which came about three minutes before Tilton's match-winner.

"Honestly, I'm not really that upset. I like the effort I saw out there from my players. That's been a big question mark with them and with some girls not giving me their best," Falcons Coach Jorden Schulz said. "We're starting to finally give that effort. Today, maybe Burroughs just had a little more."

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