The boys soccer team improved to 6-6-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the Rio Hondo League after winning two league games at home — 6-0 over San Marino on Jan. 22 and 2-0 over Blair on Jan. 24.
That enabled the Tigers to tie with Temple City for second place in the league.
The Tigers played a solid first half and controlled the midfield against San Marino, leading to a 1-0 halftime lead after a goal in the 36th minute by freshman forward Oscar Cassidy, his third goal of the season.
Head coach Juan Zurita must have told them something incredibly motivational at halftime. South Pas returned to the field clicking in every aspect, putting away three goals in four minutes and scoring two more within minutes of each other toward the end of the second half.
Junior forward Caleb Lee scored two goals, while junior midfielders Kevin Ebata, Aaron Chon and Oliver Lee scored one each.
South Pasadena carried over their solid play into their game against Blair.
The first half was strongly controlled by the Tigers, but they finished it without any goals due to missed shots right in front of the goal and back-to-back missed penalty kicks minutes before halftime.
“I told them [at halftime] that they need to forget what happened in the first half,’’ Zurita said. “They know what we did wrong and they can’t keep doing the same things. We were being more aggressive [to start the second half] and we had better chances, but we still didn’t put it in. Finally, I put some fresh legs in there, they made some moves, and the ball went in.”
Forward Caleb Lee put one away in the 65th minute, his 11th goal of the season, and junior midfielder Porter Calva scored one in the 70th minute.
The Tigers traveled to La Cañada on Jan. 29.
Hoops Girls On A Roll
The girls basketball team (11-11, 3-1) took sole possession of second place in the Rio Hondo League after a 67-33 home win over San Marino on Jan. 22.
The Tigers have outscored league opponents 229-131 in their four league games. After losing by 11 points to La Cañada, they have beaten opponents by more than 30 points in two games and by more than 40 in another.
South Pas dominated against the Titans, leading by 22 at halftime and by as many as 25 in the third quarter before beating them by 34.
Sophomore forward Allysan Tse finished the game with 15 points while senior guard Megan Yee and sophomore forward Alyssa Chan added nine points apiece.
Water Polo Girls Win
The girls water polo team (2-9, 1-4) won its first Rio Hondo league game after beating rival San Marino 21-13 at home on Jan. 21, but lost 8-5 to Temple City on Jan. 23, also at home.
Soccer Girls Eye 1st RHL Victory
The girls soccer team lost its seventh straight, falling 2-1 to San Marino on Jan. 22 to drop to 5-9-3 and 0-4 in the league.
After a scoreless first half, senior Andrea Castellanos put the Tigers up 1-0 after a free kick rebound from just inside the box. San Marino scored shortly after and scored again toward the end of the game.