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Rain wipes away games

Not much soccer was played by Laguna Beach squads because of inclement weather.

December 23, 2010|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

The Laguna Beach girls' soccer team had only one game scheduled this week before it was to take off for the desert two days after Christmas.

But a tune-up for the Breakers' upcoming trip never materialized as rainy conditions forced the cancellation of Monday's nonleague game with University, Laguna Coach Bill Rolfing said.

The Breakers last played Dec. 16 against Laguna Hills. They hung tough and stayed with last year's Division 2 quarterfinalists, but the Hawks used a last-minute goal to secure a 2-0 nonleague victory.

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Prior to the Laguna Hills mach, Laguna participated at the Ocean View Holiday Tournament, where it went 1-2-1. The Breakers used goals by April Carlson and Johana Abarca and strong play in goal by senior Ryan Bakkum to defeat Garden Grove. The two losses were to Huntington Beach and Brea-Olinda and the tie came against Fullerton.

"The tough pre-season schedule presents a challenge to the entirely new- look 2010 Breaker varsity squad," Rolfing said. "So far, most of the competition this year has been against large schools laden with premier-gold club players. The objective at this point is to create unity with a new, young group of Breaker girls so that they can compete. Winning will show in league play."

The Breakers head to the desert next week to play a trio of nonleague games during the holiday break. First, they take on Xavier College Prep at 1 p.m. Monday. Next is an 11 a.m. match Tuesday against Indio and an 11 a.m. game Wednesday against Palm Desert completes the trip.

"The three-day trip to Palm Desert each year gives the players an opportunity to bond and also gives the coaches a chance to finalize player positions in preparation to Orange Coast League play," Rolfing said. "The competition is strong in the desert, but the girls really look forward to relaxing and going out together as a team after each day's match. Every year, the team seems to return from the trip with an increased sense of camaraderie."

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Boys' Soccer

Like the girls' team, Coach Dan Richards said the Laguna boys' soccer team had their game Wednesday against visiting Orange Lutheran cancelled because of rain and Guyer Field being flooded.

The Breakers were able to squeeze in a Dec. 17 home nonleague game against Dana Hills and played the Dolphins to a 1-1 tie.

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