Two eye-catching plays defined last Friday’s Pacific League girls’ soccer match between Burroughs High and Arcadia at Memorial Field.
The first was senior defender Anna Kasper’s match-tying goal and the second was junior defender Emily McHorney’s last second save that helped preserve a 1-1 tie.
Standing on the left side, Kasper’s spectacular tally came in the 68th minute, traveled 21 yards and went about 15 feet into the air and then curved into the right corner of the net.
“It just felt like a meat ball. I hit the center of the ball and it went straight in,’’ she said. “It was just slow motion. After every throw in, I had a chance. I knew it was going to come at some point. You gotta keep trying. You can’t give up.’’
McHorney’s match-saver resulted after the Indians (11-2-3 and 6-1-2 in league) tried to clear the ball, but was picked off by sophomore forward Bertha Guzman, who managed to unleash a crisp 10-yard roller headed past senior goal keeper Samantha Martinez.
Just before, McHorney raced roughly 15 yards and kicked the ball away a yard shy of the goal stripe.
“My players never give up,’’ said Kasper. “I love them. Myself I was tired. My calves were cramping. Emily McHorney, she stopped it. She never stops.’’
Burroughs Head Coach Brady Riggs was hoping for a win over perennial power Arcadia (8-6-2 and 6-0-2 in league), but will settle for a tie.
“I’m really proud with our effort. What can I say? We played great the whole day,’’ he said. “We created a ton of chances in the first half. We couldn’t get one to go in. Tons of chances in the second half. Arcadia is five-time league champion for a reason. They’re tough to play.’’
The Apaches, who entered the fray having defeated the Indians 10 consecutive matches, led 1-0 on a goal by junior forward Amanda Howard from 30 yards in the 50th minute.
Arcadia won the initial meeting between these two superb squads by the count of 1-0.