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High School Roundup: Breakers pull away for big win

Laguna Beach girls' water polo team takes down Dana Hills, 22-9.

December 05, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
  • Laguna Beach High's Aria Fischer takes a shot and scores between two Dana Hills defenders during a nonleague season opener against Dana Hills on Tuesday.
Laguna Beach High's Aria Fischer takes a shot and… (Don Leach, Coastline…)

A close first half turned into a big victory for the top-ranked Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team, which defeated Dana Hills Tuesday in a season opener for both teams.

After the visiting Dolphins pulled to within two goals of Laguna in the second quarter, it was then that the Breakers pulled away to an eventual, 22-9 win.

Laguna took a 12-7 halftime lead and then went on to limit the Dolphins to two second-half goals.

Senior utility Cara Borkovec, a transfer student from Fenwick, Ill., playing her first game for Laguna, led all scorers with six goals. Bella Baldridge scored four goals, freshman utility Aria Fischer, also playing her first game as a Breaker, had three goals. Junior attacker Brighid Burnes, sophomore defender Ally Jochim, sophomore attacker Natalie Selin, and junior defender Taylor Julson, a transfer from El Toro also playing her first game, all scored twice.

Fischer had a team-high three steals and she and sophomore attacker Haley Evans both had three assists to lead the Breakers.

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Senior goalie Jenna Knott had five saves.

Laguna played the match without starter Makenzie Fischer, who is with the USA Women's Senior National Team competing this week at the Canada Cup at Quebec, Canada.

"I thought the girls looked a little slow defensively and disjointed on the offensive end to start the game," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said. "There are always nerves and excitement no matter how prepared you are. We need to get used to playing together again in game situation and get used to playing in our pool. We love playing here."

The Breakers hosted Corona Santiago Thursday. The score from the nonleague game wasn't available at press time.

Laguna plays once next week, at home against ninth-ranked Edison at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Chargers rallied to knock off host Long Beach Wilson, the 10th-ranked team in Division 2, 11-10, Wednesday.

"Santiago and Edison will both be tough home matches and a chance for us to test ourselves against two different styles of teams," Damato said. "Edison, being a Division 1 team, makes it a bit more exciting but really right now is all about us doing what we do. That's our focus in December, build our base and foundation as a team."

Boys' Soccer

The Breakers launched their 2013-14 season Monday and played visiting St. Margaret's to a 2-2 tie score at Guyer Field.

Junior forward Willy Wheeler and senior forward Jake Hexberg scored for the Breakers.

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