In another league encounter Jan. 21, a short-handed Laguna squad fell to Costa Mesa, 3-1, at Estancia High, a game Richards said was "a very disappointing game for the boys."
"We knew it was going to be very difficult with all the players we had out of action in this game, and then picking up another injury in the first 15 minutes [added to our] problems," he said. "We were punished early for starting slow and didn't really get going until late in the first half. Once we started to find our feet, we created some better opportunities but couldn't make them count.
"It has been a tough period for the team over the last week or so, the injuries and illnesses we've had couldn't have come at a worse time. The lads know they have the ability to turn the results around and still make it to the playoffs but must begin converting the opportunities we create and start to show the strong defensive displays we had earlier in the year."
At 6:15 p.m. tonight, Laguna gets the chance to rebound when it hosts Estancia at Guyer Field. The Breakers opened league play Jan. 12 with a 1-0 win over the Eagles.
On Wednesday, the Breakers play a 3:15 p.m. game at Calvary Chapel.
Laguna earned its first Orange Coast League win of the 2011 season Tuesday with a 2-0 shutout of Saddleback. Kelsey Rustigian scored off an assist from April Carlson in the 39th minute and Marina Paul completed the scoring when she scored in the 60th minute on a play set up by Jenny Maddocks. Goalie Ryan Bakkum had four saves.
In a previous league match, Laguna dropped a 3-1 decision to Costa Mesa on Jan. 20 at Estancia High. Melissa Chapman scored for the Breakers and Bakkum had five saves.
The Breakers play a pair of league games next week, beginning with a 3:15 p.m. date with Calvary Chapel at Centennial Park in Santa Ana. Laguna also will play at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Park against Godinez.