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In the thick of league race

Soccer

Laguna Beach girls' soccer team remained tied for first in Orange Coast League after beating Saddleback, 3-1.

February 06, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach, Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach High girls' soccer team seems to be finding its stride in the stretch run of the regular season.

The Breakers ran their unbeaten streak to five games and continued to hold on to first place in the Orange Coast League standings by taking out visiting Saddleback, 3-1, at Guyer Field Tuesday. The victory put Laguna at 5-1-1 in league, a record also held by Estancia, and gave the Breakers their 10th win (10-5-3) of the season.

Coach Bill Rolfing said his team's first-half performance Tuesday proved to difference in the game. Junior Audrey Pillsbury put Laguna on the scoreboard first. She scored on a 25-yard free kick that made its way into the far-upper corner of the Saddleback goal 20 minutes into the half. Ten minutes later, junior defender Janie Crawford took a nice, outside pass from senior midfielder Johana Abarca, and weaved her way through a trio of Saddleback defenders to score from five yards out.

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The Laguna defense gave up its first goal in three games when the Roadrunners scored in the second half to narrow to Breakers' lead to 2-1. The Breakers had a quick response and got the goal back when a corner kick by sophomore forward Katelyn Carballo scored off a corner kick.

Rolfing said Abarca and Carballo "played well holding the midfield," and Pillsbury "created fits for the Saddleback defense with her dribbling and passing game."

Kara Dunne-Dombrink, who has replaced injured starter Kylie George in the Laguna goal, registered her fourth win. corded her fourth win fronted by the "stellar defense" of Crawford, junior Amy Hewlett, senior Tessa Hopper, and sophomore Summer Stanaland, Rolfing said.

"The speed and technique of Saddleback was a challenge from the start, but the (Breakers) teamwork proved to bring rewards offensively," Rolfing said. "Combination passing can look very nice, but it also must be effective by producing scoring opportunities. Tonight, we found success with up top."

Laguna won its fourth league contest Jan. 30 by blanking host Estancia, 1-0, for its third consecutive shutout victory.

It was a key triumph for the Breakers who handed the Eagles their first OCL loss in two years, Rolfing said.

A first half volley into the goal by senior forward Katelyn Carballo gave the Breakers the crucial road win. Rolfing praised the play of juniors Audrey Pillsbury and Paige Vitolo on offense and a defense that shut down the Eagles who had several offensive attacks in the final minutes.

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