Midway through the first quarter of Wednesday's CIF Southern Section Division 3 semifinal game between Laguna Beach and Mira Costa, Laguna Coach Ethan Damato shouted some stern advice at his Breakers.
"Play offense!," he screamed toward the water.
Damato had good reason to deliver such a wake-up call.
He also had good reason to settle down over the next three quarters, thanks to his defense.
Top-ranked Laguna overcame a stagnant start at the Wm. Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine to conjure up just enough offense but rode rode a dominating defensive performance to score a 5-2 victory over fifth-ranked Mira Costa.
It was the lowest outcome in victory - and points in a win - for Laguna this year.
Orange Coast League champion Laguna moves on to Saturday's division final where the Breakers will face second-ranked Damien of La Verne.