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Corby Burress

By PETER JOHNSON

St. Joseph High School girls’ soccer forward Corby Burress got off to just about as great a start as she could hope for to her 2017-18 season.

The junior standout found the net twice in the Knights’ opening game, a 3-0 route of Cabrillo High School on Nov. 28.

In addition to securing the first win of the season for St. Joe’s, Burress’ two-goal performance put her on pace to meet her coach’s challenge of scoring 18 goals this season.


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OF CORBY BURRESS

“I’m trying to score more goals than I did last year, so it was nice to score in the first game,” Burress told the Sun in a phone interview. “My coach told me to try to score 18 [total], which is almost double what I scored last year.”

Scoring comes more easily to Burress than most. At a lengthy 5 feet 10 inches, her long strides often leave defenders in the dust. But what puts Burress above the rest is her exceptional skills and control with the ball at her feet. In soccer, taller forwards are typically known to be fast and dangerous in the air—but their weakness is usually having a clumsy touch.

That’s not the case with Burress. She honed those skills over time, playing soccer since age 5. Nowadays, she trains diligently with former Knights coach Alexis Lomeli (now the soccer coach at Mission Prep High School in SLO).

“It is true that when you’re taller it’s harder to move your feet and have good skill, so I just work really hard on that,” Burress said. “We do a lot of ladders and stuff like that to keep up my foot speed.”

As a team, Burress said St. Joe’s has some work to do to grow into a playoff contender. The opening win over Cabrillo was a good start.

“It was nice to get such a good result because we haven’t practiced a lot with our full team,” Burress said. “Our goal is to at least make it to CIF playoffs this year. Last year, we missed it by only one game.”

While Burress leads the Knights this winter, she’s also working to secure a future soccer career in college. Burress said she’s in talks with UC San Diego and feels excited about that prospect.

“Hopefully within the next couple of weeks I’ll verbally commit to them,” she said.




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