Laguna has Orange crush

Breakers girls' soccer team dominates Orange in 8-0 victory, which follows 7-0 dismantling of Palm Desert.

January 06, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Laguna Beach girls' soccer Coach Bill Rolfing talks to his team during Wednesday's soccer game against Orange.
Laguna Beach girls' soccer Coach Bill Rolfing talks… (KENT TREPTOW, Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach girls' soccer team, whose home nonleague game Monday against San Juan Hills was cancelled due to a rain out, returned to action Wednesday and ran visiting Orange right out of Guyer Field.

The Breakers scored an emphatic 8-0 nonleague victory. It was the second lopsided win in a row for Laguna, which shut out Palm Desert, 7-0, Dec. 29.

"We played with a new confidence," Laguna Coach Bill Rolfing said. "The 8-0 win was a result of fine finishing up top, but more importantly, a sense of structure throughout the midfield. The passing connections out of defense into the midfield were well done and we held the possessions with composure."

Marina Paul and Jenny Maddocks led the way, with Paul scoring four goals. Rolfing said that freshmen Johana Abarca and Tessa Hopper "shined on offense and defense, respectively." Senior keeper Ryan Bakkum recorded her third shutout of the season.


Rolfing also praised the play of his roster, saying that senior veterans Krista French and Ally Manfrini "demonstrated excellent defensive play," that sophomore right wing Mellissa Chapman "added to the offense" and sophomore Sarah Hewlett had "another stellar match" at center defense.

"The win provides confidence, but we know league will be a greater challenge each and every match," Rolfing said.

Prior to blanking Orange on Wednesday, the Breakers made their annual holiday break excursion to the Palm Springs area, this time for three nonleague matches. Laguna went 3-0 on the trip, with wins over Xavier Prep, Indo and Palm Desert.

"The team came together well, with good composure in the defense and establishing new strength shooting at goal," Rolfing said. "The trip always provides a good bonding opportunity, with off-field activities for the three-day trip. Important, confidence-building trip. Fun, too."

On Saturday, the program hosts its Alumni Game at 11 a.m. at Guyer Field. Rolfing said that as of Thursday, plenty of players who graduated in the past two years are scheduled to play.

Next week, the Breakers begin Orange Coast League play with a 4:45 p.m. Tuesday game at Estancia.

The Breakers end nonleague play with a 5-3-2 record. The two draws came against San Juan Hills (1-1, season-opener Dec. 2) and Fullerton (0-0, Dec. 6), both at the Ocean View tournament.

"I see now better offensive flow in our game, but a new defense that is still settling in," Rolfing said. "It will be critical for every position on the pitch to defend any possession losses.

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