Laguna Beach High's girls' soccer team recorded its first Pacific
Coast League victory by defeating Calvary Chapel, 2-1, in a
hard-fought match played in windy conditions Tuesday at Orange Coast
Laguna, which dropped its Pacific Coast League opener Jan. 6 to
visiting Northwood -- the team Breakers Coach Bill Rolfing dubbed as
the favorite for the league title, is now 1-1 in league play.
Laguna suffered a first half setback when stopper Keara Ross was
injured. The Breakers then fell behind, 1-0, when the Eagles scored
in the 30th minute, following a scramble in front of the Laguna net.
In the second half, however, Laguna rallied, getting a tying goal
from freshman striker Courtney Capobianco.
Capobianco dribbled past a Calvary Chapel sweeper and ended up
delivering a terrific, 20-yard shot just inside the left post.
"My girls came out aggressively in the second half and had several
good offensive runs," Rolfing said.
In the 79th minute, Emily Rolfing took a through pass from Jessica
Heitel, dribbled pass the Calvary defense and finished off a solid
shot into the goal to give Laguna its first lead.
"Courtney Hamchuk gave a strong performance at sweeper and Avery
Zollener and Jaime Hancock shined in the midfield," Rolfing said.
The Breakers came into the Calvary Chapel match having suffered a
7-1 loss to Northwood in a league opener.
Rolfing named Anna Hopper as player of the match against
"We dropped the match 7-1, but it was closer than it sounds,"
Rolfing said. "Northwood was coming off a win at San Clemente, the
No. 1-ranked team in CIF Division I, and they were simply too strong
and deep for a young Laguna Beach squad."
Laguna's goal was scored by Sasha Speare, who drove a 30-yard shot
over the head of the Northwood goalie.
Laura Yale and Kaylee Rees assisted on the play.
Northwood is ranked 10th in the CIF-Southern Section Division II
Laguna, which played a Thursday home match against fifth-ranked
Tesoro, returns to Guyer Field Tuesday to host PCL opponent
University at 6;15 p.m.
In boys' soccer, Laguna's PCL opener on Jan. 7 against Northwood
was canceled due to the rain storm.
The Breakers played league rival Calvary Chapel Wednesday at
Orange Coast College, and will host Tesoro tonight at 6:15 p.m. at
Laguna also will host University Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.
The Breakers were 6-1-1 overall, entering this week's action.