The South Pasadena High School boys soccer team appears likely to reach their goal of besting last year’s record-setting season, as the Tigers started off the season with two sharp wins over Schurr and Duarte High School.
“For our team being so young we are doing good,” said head coach Juan Zurita. “I do believe this team will do better every game.”
Despite far from ideal conditions and a rain-out the day before, the Tigers overpowered the Duarte Falcons in a 3-0 contest. With two quick goals in the first half and another late in the second, the Tigers shut down the Falcons quickly and efficiently.
South Pasadena’s junior Zachary Dunn broke the deadlock in a mere five minutes with a header off a cross. Sophomore Kevin Yonami extended the Tiger lead two minutes later with a shot from the top of the box that deflected in off a Falcon defender. Duarte came back at the Tigers and it was a close contest until junior Heven Gomez ran onto a long ball and converted with five minutes remaining in the game. The Tigers had an impressive thirteen shots on goal and the opposition only had two shots, with both attempts saved by goalie Christopher Mejia.
The Tigers opened the season with an emphatic 6-0 win over Schurr High School on November 27. South Pasadena’s defense was sharp as the Spartans only had five shots on goal the entire game. Mejia and Dunn scored once and Ramon Gutierrez along with Gomez scored twice. The game was virtually over after the first half, with South Pasadena leading 4-0.
“It was a great win and filled our team with confidence for the big season ahead. It showed that we have a lot of talent and skill,” said Dunn. “Even though we won, we know we can perform even better and must keep training hard.”
South Pasadena will take on Burbank High School on Tuesday and Burroughs High School the following day. With last week’s pair of notable performances, the Tigers have much momentum going into their game against the Bulldogs.