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Breakers return to form in league

Breakers Roundup

After finishing a disappointing sixth at Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, girls' water polo team returns to dominant form against Estancia.

January 19, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Laguna High freshman midfielder Harrison Gregory goes shoulder to shoulder with an Estancia defender.
Laguna High freshman midfielder Harrison Gregory goes… (Courtesy Horst…)

In two Orange Coast League games, the Laguna Beach girls' water polo team hasn't been tested. The Breakers got their second league victory Wednesday when they overpowered visiting Estancia, 24-1. They ran out to a 13-1 lead after one quarter and then shutout the Eagles the rest of the way.

Seven Breakers scored, led by six goals from Mackenzie Fischer and five apiece from Melena Masson and Sydney Saxe.

The Breakers have outscored their first two league opponents, 49-5.

Laguna last week went to Santa Barbara to face Dos Pueblos in a nonleague game Jan. 12, and then competed in the prestigious Tournament of Champions on Jan. 13-14. The Breakers went 3-2 on the trip and finished the tournament in sixth place.

Laguna defeated Dos Pueblos for a second time this season, winning the Jan. 12 game, 10-6. At the tournament, the Breakers beat Montebello, 7-5, and lost in overtime to Newport Harbor, 7-6, in pool play Jan. 13. On Saturday, they edged Santiago/Corona, 11-10, and lost to host Santa Barbara, 11-7.

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"We had a goal of breaking into the top four and playing in the semifinals, so as a team we were disappointed," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said. "I think we learned a lot over the weekend and showed a lot of heart against the top competition around."

Laguna is off until Jan. 27, when it plays a 3:15 p.m. nonleague game at Newport Harbor.

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Boys' Soccer

The Laguna Beach High boys' soccer team suffered its first Orange Coast League loss of the season on Wednesday after getting edged, 2-1, by Godinez at Centennial Park in Santa Ana.

Joe Rousseau scored Laguna's goal loss to Godinez.

"We always knew this was going to be tough, as Godinez has an excellent program with good players and coaching," Laguna Coach Daniel Richards said. "After last year's games, which were extremely one-sided in their favor, I'm delighted at how much pressure we put on the reigning league champions and really showed that we can compete against anyone in our league."

The loss left Laguna at 1-1-1 in league and 5-2-3 overall.

The Breakers scored a 4-1 league win Jan. 13 over Calvary Chapel at Centennial Park. Chris Tellez scored twice and Reece Barton and Miguel Jaimes also scored. Laguna started its league season Jan. 11 and played visiting Estancia to a 2-2 tie. Barton and Rousseau both scored for the Breakers.

Laguna continues league play at 6:30 p.m. Friday hosting Costa Mesa at Guyer Field. The Breakers also are at home Wednesday for a 6:15 p.m. league match against Saddleback.

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Girls' Soccer

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