By Noah Miyamae
Assoc. Sports Editor
The boys’ varsity soccer team ended its season with a 3-6-1 Rio Hondo League record and a 5-10-2 overall record. This season was a rebuilding process for the squad after losing many seniors to graduation.
The Tigers played the final match of the season against a very powerful Monrovia squad and lost 4-0. South Pas had few chances offensively, and spent much of the game defending against the Wildcats’ surging offense.
South Pas finished fourth out of six teams in the Rio Hondo League standings and was two wins away from clinching a CIF berth. Monrovia and La Cañada led the division with records of 9-0-1 and 8-1-1 respectively.
The Tiger’s preseason indicated a mediocre RHL season as their record was 2-4-1. The most notable preseason match was against Alhambra in which South Pas communicated well to win 2-0.
The boys’ wins in league play were against Blair High School and Temple City High School. South Pas earned two victories against the struggling Blair Vikings, who finished 0-11, and one victory against the Temple City Rams, who finished only half a game behind the Tigers.
South Pas had several standout performances throughout the season. Senior striker James Tulin finished fifth in the league with six goals. Also, throughout the season, senior midfielders Oskar Hernandez and Ian Geiberger assumed the roles as facilitators on offense with fluent passing. Junior goalkeeper Kevin Foster kept the Tigers close in many games, as he averaged only 1.9 goals allowed per game to be regarded as the second best defensive goalie in the league.
The Tigers will have eleven returning players for next season, when they look to build upon the experiences gained from this season and bounce back stronger.