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Breakers start strong

Boys' soccer team starts 2010-11 season with impressive 4-1 victory on the road against Sage Hill.

December 02, 2010|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Laguna's Sam Stinnett, middle, holds off two defenders as he makes a run for the Sage Hill goal.
Laguna's Sam Stinnett, middle, holds off two defenders… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach boys' soccer team got its season off to a great start and launched the Daniel Richards coaching era at the school in winning fashion Wednesday defeating host Sage Hill, 4-1.

Laguna fell behind 1-0 within the first five minutes of the match but was able to pull into a 1-1 tie at the half when forward Reece Barton scored off an assist from forward Sam Stinnett. Breakers goalie Alec Williams and defender Jon Roberts each had saves and defender Brogan O'Bryan had one save to preserve the halftime tie.

"We showed a lot of character, coming back like that," Richards said. "We were able to make a few adjustments at halftime and really did a great job in the second half. We settled down and relaxed a bit and I told them to look for the extra pass and not try to force play."

The second half was all-Laguna, although the Breakers misfired on a direct kick and three other scoring opportunities. A goal by midfielder Joseph Rousseau, off an assist from midfielder Max Cano, at the 60-minute mark of play gave Laguna the lead for good.

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Rousseau later scored again to put the lead at 3-1 and Stinnett scored off an assist from Barton to cap the comeback.

Laguna had 14 shots on goal and Williams finished with five saves.

Laguna's JV team was also victorious in its opener Wednesday, blanking Sage Hill, 5-0.

"I thought it was a great performance by our kids, especially in that first half," Richards said. "The intensity was great and it's a nice way to begin the season."

Richard's first team at Laguna includes returning varsity players Christian Alberran (defender/midfielder, Sr.), Reece Barton (midfielder/forward, Soph.), Max Cano (midfielder/forward, Sr.), Morgan Curry (midfielder/forward, Sr.), Austin Hilleman (defender, Jr.), Jonathan Roberts (defender, Sr.), Joseph Rousseau (midfielder/forward, Jr.), Travis Sampson (defender/midfielder, forward, Sr.), Miles Shirley (defender/midfielder, Jr.), Sam Stinnett (midfielder/forward, Sr.) and Alec Williams (goalie, Jr.).

Alberran, Barton, Curry, Roberts, Stinnett and Williams started last year.

Stinnett and Williams were first-team all-Orange Coast League and Alberran was second-team all-league.

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