Girls Soccer Getting Ready for Rio Hondo Opener

With Rio Hondo League play about to start, the girls soccer team improved its overall record to 5-5-3 on the season — beating Fillmore 1-0 and losing 4-0 to Hart at the Hart Soccer Showcase on Dec. 26, then losing at Glendora 2-0 on Jan. 3 and drawing 1-1 with Gabrielino on Wednesday.

The Tigers went into the Dec. 26 tournament knowing there would be challenges ahead since Hart, the tournament host — and the tournament winner — is a Division 1 team. The girls played a solid game against Fillmore, but a lot of shots didn’t go in.

South Pasadena’s game against Glendora on Jan. 3 was a tough one for the Tigers because Glendora was one of the most physical teams they’ve played so far.

The Tigers have also been riddled with injuries, and because of the constant changes in the lineup, there hasn’t been much consistency. But that should be changing soon since the team is healthy at the moment.

Head coach Francisco Lopez said he got everyone back for Wednesday’s game against Gabrielino and he feels confident having a full squad.

“We still have some cobwebs around, but for the most part, it’s good,” he said. “Defensively, we’re doing well and we’re still containing teams, but offensively, we just haven’t got going just yet. … I’m excited for league and to get the season started.”

Wednesday’s game was supposed to be against league opponent Blair, but Lopez received word Blair wouldn’t be able to play, so he was able to set up a game with Gabrielino to replace it.

Gabrielino was able to strike first on a corner kick, but the Tigers didn’t give up and answered back minutes later on a corner kick header by senior midfielder Andrea Castellanos. 

The Tigers were to play their league opener at La Cañada on Friday at 5 p.m.

Soccer Boys Win

The boys soccer team traveled to Blair and won 5-4 in the first game of Rio Hondo League play on Wednesday. Overall, the Tigers improved to 4-4-1.

The Tigers scored two goals in the first half before Blair marched back and scored a pair. For South Pas, senior midfielder Braden Wong scored the first and junior forward Caleb Lee scored the second for South Pas.

Blair came out of halftime energized and scored in less than a minute to take the lead before South Pas scored three straight times. The goals by freshman forward Oscar Cassidy and sophomore forward Arden Benitez came within minutes of each other, and after Lee was fouled in the box, junior midfielder Reo Snyder scored the final goal for South Pas on a penalty kick.

Blair answered back with a long-distance goal and came close to tying the game with minutes remaining, but sophomore goalkeeper Jacob Mills made sure to help secure his team the win.

Water-Polo Girls Fall

The girls water-polo team dropped its first game of Rio Hondo League play, 9-6 at Temple City on Tuesday, falling to 1-6 overall.

The Tigers struggled against the Rams in the first half, but began to rally back in the second half, ignited by junior Piper Fleming’s shots and junior Amanda Kanaly’s aggressive play.