An early-season showdown, one of many coming up for the Laguna Beach girls' water polo team, took place Tuesday at the Laguna pool.
And the game between two CIF Division 1 teams didn't disappoint, as Laguna withstood a potential score-tying shot by Edison in the final seconds to emerge with an 11-10 victory.
The Breakers entered the game ranked sixth; Edison was No. 8.
"I thought we started strong for the second game in a row, but also like our last game, we were unable to execute well enough to ever play with a comfortable lead," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said. "In this case we let Edison go on a 5-1 run on us in the first and seconds quarters, putting us down 6-3 at one point and 6-4 at half. We fought hard in the second half and showed a lot of heart."
Laguna played tough defense in the third quarter, where it held Edison to a single goal. The Breakers' offense, meanwhile, posted four goals that allowed them to take an 8-7 lead into the fourth quarter.