Girls’ soccer shows improvement in shutout tie

By Marion Wood

Staff Writer

Photos by Stephanie Kim

The girls’ soccer team had their first truly successful game of the season on Friday, February 6, tying the Temple City Rams 0-0. The tie brings their league record to 2-1-5.

The first half was evenly matched throughout. The Rams had a corner kick opportunity within the first few minutes, but the ball was stopped by freshman goalkeeper Sophie Reynolds. They had another attempt off of a contentious free kick, although it was again saved by the goalie. The Tigers didn’t have many scoring opportunities in the first half; they controlled the ball in the midfield, but had difficulties shooting.

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The Tigers stepped up in the second half. Seniors Alyssa Acuna and Jackie Mejia dominated in the midfield, and senior Alyssa Carlos had numerous chances up the sidelines. The offense had a particularly close attempt on a run by freshman Isabella Gonzalez, who brought the ball up the field and passed it to fellow freshman Emily Dunn. Dunn took a strong shot to the corner of the goal, but it was saved by the Temple City goalkeeper. A few minutes later, the Rams responded with a breakaway. The Temple City forward had an easy shot, but was stopped by a game-changing slide by senior goalkeeper Maddi Kause. The evenly-matched game ended as it had begun, with a score of 0-0.

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“We played really well overall,” Dunn said. “We keep improving, especially today, so I think we’re getting ready for a win.”

The Tigers are looking forward to playing Monrovia High School on the road next Tuesday, February 10 at 3:30 PM. The Tigers lost 8-1 in their previous game against the Wildcats, so they are hoping to improve their record next week.

“In our next game against Monrovia, we’re looking forward to a lot of payback and a chance to get back at them,” senior Jenni Kause¬†said. “But, more importantly, we’re going to focus more as a team, and try to finish all our close shots!”

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