SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Greyhounds came into this week with Tuesday’s game circled on the schedule. It was the rematch between the SLO Tigers who handed the Hounds their first league loss this season when the Tigers beat them 3-2 in overtime a few weeks ago,
The previous game was tightly contested, going back and forth the whole way. The Hounds came into the game on Tuesday confident knowing they played the Tigers so close in the last matchup and because many of the girls have played together on club teams in the area.
This game between the Hounds and the Tigers had major league implications. SLO is currently 7-1 in league and 13-1 overall, their lone loss coming to the Bearcats. The Tigers came into the game riding a five-game winning streak and boasting a ridiculous +30 goal differential in
The Hounds came into the game in second place in PAC 8 with their only two losses coming at the hands of the Tigers and the Bearcats. Tuesday’s game was the beginning of second part of the league schedule. Every team that has hosted will now have to travel. If the Hounds can take care of business in the second half of league they can control their own destiny.
Atascadero had won two games straight coming into the game and was +12 on the season in goal differential, easily the second best in the league.
The Tigers took control of the game early and never let the Hounds gain any confidence. SLO controlled nearly all of the possessions and created all the chances in the first half. The Tigers beat the Hounds 4-0 to sweep the league series.
With 30:00 left in the first half SLO scored their first goal. At 27:30 they had an attempt fly just wide of the goal and then scored again at 25:44 to make it 2-0.
The Greyhounds first real scoring chance didn't come until there was 24:00 on the clock when the Tigers goalie dropped a long shot.
Atascadero played much better defensively in the second half, only allowing one goal. The Hounds are currently fourth in league with three losses, but if they play the same second half as they did first, they will be fine. Even with the 4-0 loss, the Hounds are still +8 this season which is the second best in PAC 8 in goal differential. Second place Arroyo Grande is +4 and third place Paso Robles is +6.