In their first 11 games of the season, the Irvine Strikers had
dominated the opposition by outscoring their foes, 44-6, en route to
an unbeaten start.
But last Saturday, they found a formidable foe in Laguna, which
battled the Silver South Division’s top team to a 1-1 tie in boys’ under-13 action.
Outstanding passing and teamwork allowed Laguna to control much of
the first half.
Brian Schriver, Shane Springer, Trey Whitaker and Josh Wells
played well in the midfield and provided scoring opportunities for
Austin Hyden, Keegan Valaika and Matt Miller.
Defensively, Charles Moothart, Michael Tachovsky, Marshall Thomas,
Brett Hardy and Jared Berkson kept the Strikers’ high-powered offense
at bay, and Devin Hands had an outstanding game in goal.
Yet Laguna gave up a goal midway through the first half to the
Strikers and fell behind, 1-0, but rallied to earn a 1-1 tie by
halftime when Valaika scored off an assist from Hyden.
Laguna has a busy weekend ahead.
On Saturday they square off against Wolfpack Blue at Wolfpack
Field in Huntington Beach at 8:15 a.m. in the team’s final Silver
South Division regular season game.
On Sunday, Laguna will begin Coast Soccer League Cup play with two
games at Blast Complex in San Bernardino. They play South Bay Force
at 8 a.m., before a 2 p.m. contest with Simi Valley Eclipse.