By Julian Prime
Photos by Jenny Luo
After being relocated to the Patterson Field of Occidental College, the boys’ varsity soccer team showed their ability to adapt to new surroundings in a 6-0 rout of the Temple City Rams. After a slow start, the Tigers stepped their game up in the second half, scoring four goals in quick succession to close out the game. The win keeps the Tigers undefeated in league at 3-0.
The Tigers started the game off strong on offense, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Senior Ramon Gutierrez opened up the scoring for the Tigers with an easy shot off the opposing goalie’s gloves. The Tigers had an identical chance only a few minutes later, but couldn’t convert. Gutierrez had another chance off of a corner kick, but the Ram defense held strong. As the half went on, the Tigers continually broke through the Temple City defense but couldn’t finish their attacks. South Pasadena led 1-0 at halftime.
This inability to score continued on into the second half, when senior Jordan Jackmon and Gutierrez set junior James Tulin up for a shot. The Temple City goalie was there, however, and prevented the goal. Gutierrez and Jackmon continued to set each other up in the box, but nothing was getting past the seemingly stout Temple City defense. Junior Oskar Hernandez and sophomore Mathew Kramsch both got in the offensive mix, but couldn’t convert either. Then, on a beautiful put off a corner kick from Gutierrez, Tulin tapped the ball in to put the Tigers up 2-0. Jackmon and Gutierrez continued to facilitate the offense.
Junior Seiji Sasaki subbed in to take a corner kick, and did his job perfectly by setting junior Chris Brady up to head the ball into the back of the goal. The Tigers now led 3-0. Jackmon kept this offensive surge going with a breakaway and score, cutting through the Temple City defense like a knife through butter. The Tigers weren’t done there, as Hernandez set Jackmon up in the box for his second goal of the game.
Almost immediately after, Gutierrez placed a perfect ball for senior Kevin Yonami to score his first goal of the game. South Pas now up a quick 6-0, the final whistle was blown and the game was concluded.
Now 3-0 in league, the Tigers are looking to stay undefeated with a victory over Monrovia on the road on Friday, January 23.