By Marion Wood
Photos by Stephanie Kim
The girls soccer team boosted their disappointing league record with a 10-0 win against Blair High School this Friday.
“We took a different strategy with this team, because their defense is not as strong as most teams we play with,” senior Julia Primuth said. “We did a lot of ground balls, and not as many through balls as we usually do. Overall, it was very different than most games we play.”
This was evident from the beginning kickoff. A Tiger goal was scored in the first few minutes by freshman Isabel Bluml off of a free kick by fellow freshman Riley Segal. The Tiger offense continued this momentum for the rest of the game, although they were also aided by many Blair defensive errors. In one case, sophomore Megan Wong sent a cross near the Blair goal, and one of the defenders miskicked the ball into the net. Primuth also had several highlights, scoring three goals in the first half. The team continued to dominate for the half, which ended at 6-0.
The second half was similar to the first, although the Tigers began to focus more on possession. They shifted the emphasis from scoring to working on passing and maintaining ball control. Nonetheless, the offense scored four more goals. Senior Alyssa Carlos scored an especially strong goal from outside the box after bringing it up the sidelines. Senior Jackie Mejia also had some strong plays in the middle, assisting several goal opportunities. The half and game ended at 10-0, a definitive win for the team.
“Overall, I think we played well, and stepped it up against an easy competitor,” junior Olivia Chu said.
The Blair game was not difficult, but the Tigers hope to maintain the momentum in their next round of league play. They compete against La Cañada at home on Wednesday, February 4, at 3:30 p.m.