The girls’ varsity soccer team dominated the Blair Vikings 9-0 in its second league season game away on Friday, January 15. The Tigers controlled almost every possession throughout the game, preventing the Vikings from taking any shots near the goal’s frame and scoring more than any other game this year’s overall season. After this commanding win, the team’s record is now 1-1 in the Rio Hondo League.
The Tigers kept the ball on the offensive side of the field for nearly the entire first half, but missed many of their shot attempts. Freshman forward Rainey Tilly put the first mark on the scoreboard, dribbling through defenders, beating the goalkeeper, and putting the ball in the back of the net. Shortly after, sophomore midfielder Emily Dunn took an initial shot, which was blocked, and followed the ball up and finished the goal. Later in the half, the Tigers worked the ball up the field, Dunn crossed the ball to sophomore forward Cate Latting who capitalized and scored her first goal of the game. The Tigers missed several attempts before senior midfielder Olivia Chu received the ball back after a throw-in and scored, shooting and hitting the far post. This goal ended the period with the momentum heavily in favor of the Tigers.
The second half began slowly, as South Pasadena struggled to finish its attempts on goal. Latting relieved this short drought by scoring two more goals, earning her first hat trick of the season. The next goal came from Dunn, who took the ball past several defenders to put the ball in the back of the net. Near the end of the game, junior midfielder Megan Wong dribbled past a defender, shooting from just outside in order to score. The Tigers finished the game after a cross from Dunn to freshman forward AJ Bonk put the ball past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. In their game against Blair, the Tigers were still missing their starting goalkeeper, sophomore Sophie Reynolds, who isn’t expected to return until after their next game.
The Tigers hope to continue their momentum into the upcoming game against the La Canada Spartans at home on Wednesday, January 20 in order to eventually clinch their goal of clinching the Rio Hondo League title.