South Pasadena High’s girls’ soccer team continues to pile up victories.
On Friday, the Tigers were back at it, winning again, this time behind two goals by Uma Hornish as they defeated Monrovia 2-1 in Rio Hondo League action.
With the victory, South Pasadena improved to 3-0-1 against league competition, 10-2-1 overall on the season.
“We’re putting together some of the best soccer I’ve seen this season,” said South Pas coach Tory Lathrop. “My goal is to keep us healthy, use our previous matches to hone in on where we need to improve.”
Hornish scored in each half, her second coming on an assist by Emma Barrera.
“We came out strong applied high pressure to Monrovia right away, with Uma notching a goal in the first six minutes of play,” explained Lathrop. “We did well to keep them occupied in their defensive third for most of the half, but did start to concede more space in the midfield and our own defensive third in the last ten minutes of the half.”
Lathrop attributed that to some injuries to her players and a physical Monrovia team, “which hit us with some pretty rough fouls,” she said.
The Tigers got back on track in the second half, according to Lathrop, and were able to work the ball well utilizing their back four and central midfielders.
“Unfortunately, the early shots we did have on goal just didn’t have enough pace to really test the Monrovia goalkeeper,” noted the South Pasadena coach. “Thankfully we were able to get the go ahead goal off a beautiful sequence.”
Exhibiting good movement, Jenna Noueihed distributed the ball from the 50-yard line to the left flank, where Barrera picked it up, drove the length of the sideline and booted it to the 6-yard box, where Hornish to kicked it just past the Monrovia goalkeeper and a defender.”
South Pasadena held a 2-0 lead up until the final minute of the contest when Monrovia tallied its lone point and preventing Tiger goalie Noemi from recording a shutout.
The Tigers now begin the second half of the league campaign with three games at home starting with San Marino on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.), La Canada Thursday (3:30 p.m.) and Monrovia Saturday (5 p.m.), the latter Senior Night.