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The Cowboys blow out wild-card entrant Burroughs

Posted: February 20, 2009 1:43 a.m.
Updated: February 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Surrounded by a group of Burroughs soccer players, Canyon's Jessica Gatton (3) dribbles the ball forward Thursday at Canyon High School.

 
Canyon left little in doubt during its first-round CIF-Southern Section Division II playoff game against Burroughs Thursday.

The Cowboys jumped out to a five goal lead at halftime  en route to a 8-0 win, vaulting itself into Saturday’s second round against Corona Del Mar.

Corona Del Mar defeated Rowland 5-0 Wednesday.

A coin flip will determine the location of the game.

The playoff victory was the first for Canyon (14-4-2) girls soccer in four years.

“I couldn’t be happier for this team,” said Canyon head coach Eric White. “It’s been a while since this school has gotten a win in the playoffs, so it means a lot to get a victory like this.”

After several near scores for the Cowboys, Canyon’s Devon Goff broke through with a goal in the 14th minute.

Elvia Contreras scored Canyon’s second goal when she nailed a shot home in the 20th minute, and Katie Dillon made it 3-0 when she knocked home a strike from 15 yards out just three minutes later.

The goals continued to come quickly for Canyon as Malaya Cabrera knocked home a breakaway kick, and Dillon tallied her second score before the 30th minute, leaving the Indians (10-9-0) in a hole.

“We were able to maintain a high level of play today,” White said. “A lot of it was mental, and we put together some good runs thanks to staying in rhythm.”

The Cowboys’ defense was also critical to its dominance.

“We wanted to get physical out there,” White said. “We played with more intensity than we have in other games, and we played quick and stayed up on them.”

After nearly 20 minutes of scoreless play in the second half, Kathrine Hanson scored off a corner kick to push the spread to six.

Shelby Ramos booted one off the bottom of the crossbar and through for the seventh score, and Kaylee Kirk knocked home the Cowboys’ final tally.

“Their experience was a huge difference in how the game went,” said Burroughs head coach Louie Binda. “They moved the ball very well and controlled the field.”

Burroughs was a wild-card entrant into the postseason and White realizes that the competition from here on out will get much tougher.

Corona Del mar is 11-4-7 this season, has shut out 14 teams and outscored opponents 40-11.

“We can’t take anything for granted,” White said. “It doesn’t matter what the score was in this game. We have goals that we need to meet and winning today was just one of them.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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