Redondo Union’s Addy Bass scored five consecutive goals in transition late in the first half Saturday — part of a seven-goal performance for the senior — lifting top-seeded Redondo to a 19-14 win over No. 4 Glendale in the semifinals of the LA Championship Tournament at Culver City High School.
The Sea Hawks (17-2) advanced the LA title game for the fifth consecutive season and will meet Bay League rival Palos Verdes on Wednesday at Westlake HS for the crown. Redondo has won three of the last four LA titles, including the last two in a row.
Saturday, the Nitros (18-3) pushed the Sea Hawks throughout. The score was tied 4-4 with 16 minutes left in the first half.
“[Glendale] is really fast,” Sea Hawks coach Tom Borgia said. “My girls get mad at me when I tell them to ‘slow it down, take your time.’ We’re a team that can get five or six goals at a time sometimes. Rachel [Fong] is impossible to stop, we knew where she was going, so I would have subbed earlier but I know their offense could come back at any minute.”
But as Borgia noted, Redondo can strike quickly, as well. Bass rattled off five consecutive goals to push the Sea Hawks ahead 11-8 at halftime.
That turned out to be a sufficient counter to Glendale’s Rachel Fong (8g, 1a), who once again was a force. The senior averaged eight goals per game over her last five games, including Saturday. Fong also added to her storied Glendale career Saturday by scoring her 100th goal of the season in the first half.
Nevertheless, with a three-goal lead and Emma Hodges (3g, 3a) in the circle, the Sea Hawks were in control. The senior was an absolute menace with nine draw controls, giving Redondo critical possessions.
“She’s a machine on the circle,” Borgia said, “but [Glendale] is the most difficult for us on the circle because they have [Fong] and [Xcaret Salvador], who’re both really fast as well. But I tell them every game, ‘Whoever wins the draw wins the game.'”
Salvador (2g, 1a) kept Glendale in it with eight draw controls, but it wasn’t enough to stop Redondo’s potent offense. Zoe Charum (2g), Samantha Hutchin (1g) and Aaliyah Audabe (1g) scored for the Nitros, as well.
Sophie Ristorcelli (3g, 2a), Jordan Davis (3g), Brooke Tokushige (1g, 5a) and Caitlin Hanniff (2g) rounded out the Sea Hawks offense.