Photos by Stephanie Kim
The girls’ varsity soccer team fell 2-0 at Monrovia on Wednesday, January 27. The Wildcats ended South Pasadena’s three game win streak, making its league record 3-2.
The Tigers struggled to keep possession of the ball, producing very few attempts on the offensive end. Monrovia dominated most of the plays throughout the game, and if not for multiple key saves by sophomore goalkeeper Sophia Reynolds, the difference in score would have been much greater.
The Wildcats put their first mark on the scoreboard midway through the first half. One Monrovia player shot the ball from a great distance away, and Reynolds blocked the ball, but another Wildcat player was able to break away from the Tiger defenders and tap the ball into the goal. Several plays later, Monrovia scored its second goal. A Wildcat player took a corner kick which hit the far post and bounced in, untouched by any of the players crowded in front of the goal.
The Tigers were able to stop the rest of the Wildcats shot attempts, but failed to put a dent in their lead.
“We let up in the beginning and weren’t winning 50/50 balls but by second half we were being more aggressive and created more opportunities,” junior midfielder Megan Wong said. “We’ll definitely get them next time.”
The team plans to move forward from the tough loss in time for its next game at San Marino on Friday, January 29.