Photos by Stephanie Kim
The girls’ soccer team tied with the Temple City Rams 0-0 in an away game on Monday, February 2. The Tigers have struggled in the later half of their Rio Hondo League play, and with the tie against the Rams, the team is caught in a must-win situation at its final game for CIF qualification. South Pasadena needs to improve its current 4-4-1 league record and 6-10-2 overall record in order to move up from fourth place to the clinching third place.
Both teams remained locked in a scoreless match for the entirety of the game, but the Tigers picked up momentum at the end, controlling all of the possessions at the end. However, none of their shots yielded goals and the whistle blew before South Pasadena could put the ball in the back of the net. The Tigers maintained a strong defensive performance throughout the game, and sophomore goalkeeper Sophie Reynolds made many crucial saves that ultimately stopped a loss. South Pasadena lacked the intensity on the offensive end which the Tigers provided at the end of the match in the beginning of the game, and prevented the squad from scoring any goals.
“Going into the game, we knew we were capable of beating the team but we also knew that their field would make the game unpredictable,” senior midfielder Lauren Richards said. “It was constantly going back and forth, but we failed to finish. Although this puts us in a sticky situation with our place in league we intend to give Monrovia, the number one team, everything we have.”
The team hopes to clinch third place in the Rio Hondo League and a CIF playoff berth with a win against Monrovia at home on Wednesday, February 10.