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.