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Breakers' title hopes stay alive

Laguna Beach boys' soccer team pick up key Orange Coast League win against Costa Mesa.

January 30, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

Needing a strong close to the first half of Orange Coast League play, the Laguna Beach High boys' soccer team accomplished just that by turning in a pair of big performances to keep its title hopes alive.

The Breakers earned their third OCL victory Wednesday and closed out the opening round of league action by taking a 4-2 victory from visiting Costa Mesa at Guyer Field. The Breakers scored the final three goals of the opening half to take a 3-1 lead at the break and went on to run their league record to 3-1-1, and went above .500 for the season at 6-5-2.

The performance followed a scoreless tie the Breakers played top-ranked Godinez to Jan. 24.

"We played some very good stuff [Wednesday], controlling the majority of the game and deserved the victory," Laguna Coach Dan Richards said. "Apart from a couple of sloppy mistakes on our end, Costa Mesa had trouble creating chances against us and we looked a threat whenever we went forward.

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"It was great to see us create some very good goal scoring opportunities throughout the encounter and we really should have been more clinical to put the game to bed more comfortably."

After falling behind, 1-0, the Breakers drew even on a goal by sophomore Eddie Willette. They went in front for good when junior Willy Wheeler scored, a goal set up by the field work of senior Chris Tellez, and extended their lead to 3-1 on junior Harrison Gregory's goal.

Junior Tommy Ressler scored in the second half for Laguna which had missed out on a few scoring opportunities in the second half that could have further extended the lead.

"This was a great result for the boys and puts them firmly in the title race at the halfway stage of league," Richards said.

In a previous league game Jan. 24, Laguna and Godinez played to a scoreless tie Jan. 24 at Centennial Park in Santa Ana. The Grizzlies were the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 5.

"This was a fantastic result for the boys with them showing real heart and determination to come away with a point," Richards said. "You can easily see why Godinez is the No. 1-ranked team for our division and has been unbeaten all season so far."

The result dropped Godinez to No. 3 in this week's Division 5 poll.

Laguna travels Friday for a 5 p.m. game at Estancia. The Breakers are home to Saddleback Tuesday and Thursday to Godinez. Both matches begin at 6:30 p.m. at Guyer Field.

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