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Laguna struggles to finish

High School Roundup

Breakers' girls' soccer team nearly pulls off two wins but settles for a loss and a tie in Orange Coast League action.

January 23, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach / Coastline…)

Two games were within reach in the past week for the Laguna Beach High girls' soccer team, but victory in Orange Coast League action just eluded the Breakers in both instances.

Laguna took a 2-0 lead Tuesday on host Calvary Chapel at Centennial Park in Santa Ana, but a turn of events in the game's final 15 minutes resulted in the game ending in a 2-2 tie.

The Breakers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first half on a score by junior midfielder Audrey Pillsbury following a deflection by the Calvary Chapel goalie. The Breakers dominated the opening half but settled for a 1-0 lead at the break.

The second Laguna goal was set up on an overlap from junior right defender Janie Crawford, who placed a pass to Hannah Budroe. The sophomore defender, who entered the game in the second half, spun and passed off to senior forward Katelyn Carballo, who netted a goal from five yards out.

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Holding a 2-0 lead with 15 minutes to play, a collision between a Calvary Chapel player and Laguna junior goalie Kylie George resulted in a loose ball rolling into the net, and George having to leave the game due to injury. Five minutes later, a free kick was awarded to Calvary Chapel and the Eagles were able to convert the equalizing goal.

Laguna Coach Bill Rolfing called the outcome a "frustrating draw."

The result left Laguna 1-1-1 in league, and 6-5-3 overall.

"The second tough result in a row," Rolfing said. "Feeling a win or draw was available against Estancia, the team was determined to get the win over Calvary. The loss of Kylie George was a game-changer and circumstances allowed Calvary to score two late goals."

Laguna faced perennial league contender Estancia in their previous league game Jan. 16, and was edged, 2-1, by the visiting Eagles at Guyer Field.

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead at the half, scoring off a deflected free kick. They upped their lead to 2-0 by scoring on a penalty kick at the 60-minute mark. With 10 minutes to play, a long throw-in by senior midfielder Johana Abarca found Pillsbury, who scored on a header.

The Breakers were without junior central defender Amy Hewlett late in the second half after Hewlett left the game due to injury.

"We will rebound, however, and we are confident we can climb into CIF [playoff] position," Rolfing said.

The Breakers took on Godinez in a league match Thursday. The score wasn't available at press time.

Next week in league action, the Breakers play host to Costa Mesa at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and travel for a 5 p.m. game Thursday at Estancia.

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