Girls’ soccer out duels La Cañada in tight matchup

By Vaughn Huelsman

Staff Writer

Photos by Stephanie Kim

The girls’ varsity team defeated the La Cañada Spartans 1-0 at home on Wednesday, January 20. The two teams remained even for a majority of the game with strong defensive efforts from both sides, but the Tigers edged out the Spartans. South Pas now stands at an improved league record of 2-1.

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The first half of the game yielded no points for either team. The Tigers’ defensive end was led by freshman goalkeeper Noemi Howland and junior defender Amelia De Young who each prevented several of the Spartan’s shot attempts. In the second half of the game, the Tigers finally broke through on the offensive side: Junior midfielder Lauren Richards created an opportunity for herself midway through the period. She fired a shot on goal after maneuvering through Spartan defenders; however, the goalkeeper deflected the ball back into a crowd of players, where it made contact with the foot of freshman forward AJ Bonk for the short ranged goal. South Pasadena’s defense remained strong for the rest of the game although the starting goalkeeper, sophomore Sophie Reynolds, is still inactive from her multiple head injuries earlier in the season.

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The Tigers hope to continue their winning streak onto the next game against Temple City at home on Friday, January 22.