Photos by Isaac Marziali
South Pasadena boys’ soccer secured its first win of the season on Thursday, November 30 with a 6-1 trouncing of the visiting Duarte Falcons. South Pas used a late run to put away the stingy Falcons, who managed to keep the game close for most of the contest despite being overmatched by the experienced Tigers.
The Tigers struck first off a goal from Jack Renken, the first of three goals on the day for the senior. Renken, the team’s leading scorer from 2016, showed why he’s an early favorite for league MVP, flashing his superior speed and strength throughout the game.
Later in the half, freshman Reo Snyder sent a cross past Falcon defenders, right to senior Nico Tripodis, who tapped it in for a goal, doubling South Pas’ lead. Snyder, who finished with two assists for the game, may provide the offensive spark the Tigers need to compete in the Rio Hondo League.
Duarte finally got on the scoreboard early in the second half after a free kick managed to find its way into the goal, cutting the South Pas lead in half. The Falcon celebration was short-lived, however, as three consecutive South Pas goals from Renken and junior Gabe Lopez diminished any hope of a Duarte comeback. Tripodis’ second goal of the game extended South Pas’ lead to 6-1, where it would remain until the final whistle.
South Pas’ ability to make crisp passes and communicate on their offensive attacks dismantled the Falcon defense, and ultimately lead to the Tiger’s victory. The team showcased a balanced attack, which featured six assists, a good indicator of the Tiger’s teamwork and experience. In a season where goals may be hard to come by, this offensive showing is a step in the right direction for the defensive-minded team.
“It was good to get our first real win,” Renken said. “We played really well as a team and it set the tone for how we are going to play this year.”
South Pas will look to carry their early season momentum into Friday’s game versus Polytechnic. The latter part of the tough back to back game schedule will be the Tiger’s first real test of the season. South Pas defeated Poly 2-1 in a highly competitive game in last year’s contest.