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Laguna plays well in 4-2 loss

Laguna Beach’s boys’ under-13 club soccer team bounced back from a

previous poor performance to record one of its best efforts of the

season last Saturday.

But, despite the valiant effort, Laguna Beach fell by a score of

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4-2 to a talented and undefeated Real FC Toros team in Silver South

Division action.

In a game marked by several momentum swings, Laguna Beach came out

strong and controlled the match’s early stages behind the play of

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Austin Hyden, Devin Hands, Shane Springer, Josh Wells and Kevin Buck.

An inability to cash in on a few early scoring opportunities,

however, caused Laguna some lost momentum.

Real FC Toros went on to control the final 20 minutes of the first

half and took a 1-0 lead at the break.

Laguna Beach rallied at the outset of the second half and used a

nice chip shot by Keegan Valaika to tie the score at 1-1.

Valaika’s goal was set up by a pass from Buck.

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Real FC Toros gained control for good by dominating the ensuing 10

minutes, scoring three goals to go up by a commanding, 4-1 count.

But Laguna Beach did not fold. Hands would score a goal with 10

minutes left to narrow the deficit to 4-2 yet, despite regaining

momentum down the stretch, Laguna could get no closer.

Laguna Beach will host the first place Irvine Strikers on Saturday

at 3:45 p.m. at Moulton Meadows field.


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