South Pasadena’s boys soccer team went to 4-5-1 overall and 1-1 in Rio Hondo League play after losing 4-2 to La Cañada on Friday at home.
The Tigers pressured the Spartan defense early and often and were able to go up by a goal after a third-minute score by junior midfielder Aaron Chon.
It took La Cañada some time to get into the groove, but the Spartans were able to even the score in the 25th minute.
The Tigers had quite a few chances, including a penalty they couldn’t put away late in the first half.
La Cañada came out of the break energized and scored two minutes into the second half to go up by a goal. It was a change of events overall as the Spartans were the aggressors for the remainder of the game.
La Cañada scored two more goals — in the 58th and 64th minutes. South Pas earned a second penalty kick but couldn’t score. The Tigers scored a pride goal in the 80th minute by junior midfielder Porter Calva.
The Tigers had nine shots total.
Their next game was at home on Wednesday against Temple City.
Soccer Girls Toppled
The girls varsity soccer team has now lost three of its last four games to go to 5-6-3 overall after a 3-1 loss at La Cañada on Wednesday.
The Tigers were down 1-0 at halftime. South Pas tried everything in the second half, but La Cañada sealed the win with two more goals despite the Tigers’ lone goal, by junior forward Ava Carbonara.
The Tigers traveled to Temple City on Wednesday afternoon before hosting Monrovia on Friday.
Hoops Girls Skidding
The girls basketball Tigers lost their second in a row on Friday — 53-42 in their league opener against La Cañada. The girls are now 8-10 overall on the season.
The Tigers started the game strong and went on a 6-0 run before the Spartans climbed back into the game. It was a low-scoring first quarter, and the second quarter had more thrills, but the Tigers’ turnovers were detrimental.
With La Cañada up by one at halftime, the Tigers needed to minimize their turnovers and put points on the board.
The third quarter didn’t have much action, as only one bucket was scored by both teams in the first few minutes, but the fourth quarter was where La Cañada pulled away.
For South Pas, sophomore forward Allysan Tse finished with 17 points and senior forward Charlize Kruzic added 12.
South Pas next played at home on Wednesday against Temple City and then faced Rancho Cucamonga at Bishop Amat in La Puente on Saturday in the Lancer Winter Classic.
Water-Polo Girls Struggle
The girls water-polo team dropped its fifth match in a row, falling to La Cañada 13-9 on Thursday. The Tigers are now 1-7.
The Tigers scored one goal in the first half, that coming from Kili Dickinson halfway through the first quarter.
Dickinson finished the game with three goals.
The Spartans scored three in the first quarter and four in the second to go up 7-1 at halftime.
Tigers head coach Michael Gonzales said the team had another slow start — but that he sees improvements.
“I thought that we played against a tougher opponent today, and actually I thought we did a better job of settling in a little bit earlier than we have been in previous games,” he said.
“I think just something as simple as knowing where the ball is and knowing where it is a lot earlier in the possession makes your life a lot easier, so it definitely looks like we were much more aware in our possessions and identified things earlier on so we weren’t getting countered so much in the second half.”
The Tigers came out of halftime strong and scored five goals in the third quarter, but they gave up four goals to keep the Spartans’ lead at five.
South Pas scored three more times in the final quarter but couldn’t get close enough for a chance to win.
Aside from Dickinson’s three goals, South Pas had six different players who scored a goal each.
The Tigers played again on Thursday, against Monrovia, in their home pool.