New heights were reached last year by the Laguna Beach High girls' soccer program.
The 2011-12 Breakers achieved a 14-game unbeaten streak that took them to their first league title. Coach Bill Rolfing has a solid nucleus returning from that team although the Breakers have big shoes to fill with the departure of Orange Coast League MVP and All-CIF player, Marina Paul who is playing (midfield) at Georgetown University.
Laguna prided itself on defense last year. During its 14-game streak, the Breakers surrendered only five goals. Goalie Kylie George allowed only three goals in 10 league matches last year and was named second-team all-league as a freshman.
The Breakers will play three games over two days starting Friday at the Ocean View Winter Classic. During winter break, they will make their annual trek to the Palm Springs area to play three nonleague matches.
Below is a capsule look at the 2012-13 Breakers:
Head coach: Bill Rolfing (eighth year)
Coaching staff: Amanda Sylvia, Courtney Hamchuk, Ed Ornelas, Laura Yale.
2011-12 record: 10-7-6
2012 league finish: 6-0-4 (champion)
CIF results: Reached first round Division 4 playoffs.
Returning players: Johana Abarca, Jr.; Emma Barker, Jr.; Brielle Budroe, Jr.: Janie Crawford (second-team all-league, Soph.); Kylie George (second-team all-league, Soph.); Amy Hewlett (first-team all-league, Soph).; Sarah Hewlett, Sr.; Tessa Hopper (league honorable mention, Jr.); Tatum Moore, Jr.; Audrey Pillsbury (first-team all-league, Soph.).
The roster: Hannah Budroe, Fr.; Katelyn Carballo, Fr.; Lola Cowie, Sr.; Danielle Gromet, Jr.; Maddy Kristensen, Fr.; Chiara Noppenberger, Fr.; Katyn Ott, Soph.; Summer Stanaland, Fr.; Senna Thomas, Fr.
Coach's outlook: "The 2012-13 team will certainly have a 'new look,' from the midfield, forward," Rolfing said. "The defense returns, however. Six ninth-graders have been placed on varsity to 'jump start' the next two-three seasons."
Season opener: lost, 3-0, to Tustin Tuesday .
Girls' Soccer Schedule
Fri.-Sat. : at Ocean View Holiday Classic
Thursday (Dec. 6): Ocean View, 6 p.m.
Dec. 7-10: at Ocean View Holiday Classic
Dec. 18: Irvine, 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 20: at San Juan Hills, 4:45 p.m.
Dec. 27: at Xavier Prep, 11 a.m.
Dec. 28: at Indio, 11 a.m.
Jan. 8: *Saddleback, 5 p.m.
Jan. 10: at *Estancia, 5 p.m.
Jan. 15: *Calvary Chapel, 5 p.m.
Jan. 17: *Godinez, 5 p.m.
Jan. 22: vs. *Costa Mesa, 5 p.m. (at Estancia High)
Jan. 24: *Estancia, 5 p.m.
Jan. 29: at *Saddleback, 3:15 p.m.
Jan. 31: vs. *Godinez (at Centennial Park)
Feb. 4: vs. *Calvary Chapel (at Centennial Park)
Feb. 6: *Costa Mesa, 5 p.m.
(*denotes Orange Coast League game)