By Marion Wood
Photos by Jenny Luo
The girls soccer team experienced another dispirited Rio Hondo League loss against San Marino High School this Wednesday night, 3-0. Their record has now dropped to 1-4.
“I don’t think the score was an accurate depiction of the game, because it was really close until the second half,” freshman Sophie Reynolds said. “I think we played better this game than in the past couple of games. We played more as a team, and created more opportunities to score.”
The first half was relatively balanced, with both teams creating goal opportunities. Within the first few minutes, San Marino attempted a goal with a header off of a corner kick which failed to hit the back of the net. The Tigers responded with several excellent offensive plays, including a breakaway by senior forward Julia Primuth. The first goal of the game was finally executed by San Marino, with a header by forward Mandy Tsu in the 26 minute. The Tigers bounced back with another attempt at the end of the second half on a free kick by freshman Riley Segull. Unfortunately, the kick was blocked by the San Marino goalie and the half ended at 1-0.
The second half was similar to the first, although San Marino slowly gained more momentum. South Pasadena freshman goalkeeper Reynolds played an excellent game, with several score-changing saves. Despite this, the Titans managed to hit the back of the net twice in the second half. San Marino forward Kelly Crowley scored on a penalty kick after being fouled on a breakaway, bringing the score to 2-0. Later in the half, San Marino player Christina Chang capitalized on a gap in the Tiger defense and scored the third goal of the game.
“Today we played a quality game, we just had a couple minor errors that created goals,” head coach Robert Galos said. “But, overall, I think we did really outstanding.”
The Tigers have now competed against all their opponents in league, and will play these teams a second time in the upcoming weeks. The team hopes to improve their record the second time around.
“Honestly, we’ve improved a lot- it’s just that we have mistakes that every team has been there to capitalize on,” senior Iman Hanif said. “But, we start over again with Blair on Friday, so we should be able to get our momentum back.”
The team is confident going into their next game on the road against Blair High School this Friday at 3:30 p.m.