An extremely productive campaign came to a close as the Burroughs High girls’ soccer team dropped a 4-2 decision to Hemet in a CIF Southern Section Division IV second-round playoff match at Memorial Field last Friday night.
The Indians (16-4-2), who captured the Pacific League title, received a pair of second-half goals from sophomore forward Lauryn Bailey.
Bailey’s 35-yarder in the 45th minute cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-1 and Bailey’s 10-yarder in the 66th minute on a 45-yard free kick from senior midfielder Abbie Riggs saw the No. 11 seeded Indians get within 4-2.
“We ended on a good note,’’ said Bailey. “We made it far. We wished we could have gone farther, but we all worked our hardest. We knew coming in they were a good team. We had players down, but that couldn’t let us play bad.’’
The Indians were without the services of sophomore midfielder Lily Gonzalez, who turned her right ankle in a 4-1 opening-round win over visiting Artesia and junior defender Ava Kramer.
Sophomore defender Gabby Morales and freshman forward Megan Schmidt both left late in the match after sustaining head-to-head collisions.
“They were very strong in the back,’’ said longtime Burroughs Head Coach Brady Riggs. “Hat’s off to them. We didn’t lose to a team that we’re better than, for sure. We lost to a team that deserved to win.’’
Hemet (21-2-5), which traveled 100 miles, stormed ahead 2-0 at the half on goals from junior forward Reese Castanon in the 21st minute on a 15-yard kick and freshman midfielder/forward Elisha Avila’s 15-yarder on an assist from Castanon in the 29th minute.
For the first time in 26 seasons, the Burroughs girls’ soccer program won a league title and advanced to the second round.
The No. 3 seeded Bulldogs buzzed ahead 3-0 and 4-1 on tallies from junior midfielder/forward Payden Searl that proved insurmountable.
Searl’s 10-yarder in the 42nd minute made it 3-0 and Searl’s 10-yarder in the 54th minute pushed it to a three-goal advantage.