Girls Varsity Soccer · Panthers too much for SSF

There is no question the South San Francisco girls’ soccer team, the defending Ocean Division champion, is a Bay Division-caliber squad.

The Warriors have already posted wins over perennial Bay Division powers Carlmont and Woodside, and they battled Terra Nova to a tie in non-league matches.

Thursday, South City traveled for a match against Burlingame and it became obvious early that the Panthers will be angling for a Bay Division title this season.

Oozing with a lot of young talent, Burlingame scored once in each half, and had a highlight-reel strike denied because of an offside call, as they shut out the Warriors 2-0.

“I was extremely pleased with [our] organized attack,” said Burlingame head coach Philip DeRosa. “[We] played very well together.”

While South City was solid, Burlingame looked extremely dangerous. Amalie Pianim, a freshman, is poised to be a special player. The fact she was playing out of position as an attacking midfielder — DeRosa said she is normally a striker — is a testament to just how good a player she is.

Pianim was the most dangerous player on the field as she sliced her way through South City’s stout defense, either delivering dangerous through balls or making runs into the penalty box herself.

While she seemed reluctant to take shots, she had a couple of golden scoring chances in the first half evaporate, and had no problem setting up her teammates as she assisted on both goals.