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Bad breaks derail Breakers

Two tough losses in the past week knocked the Laguna Beach High girls’ soccer team from the undefeated ranks in Orange Coast League play.

In rainy conditions Tuesday at Guyer Field, host Laguna — which had opened league play with a 3-0-1 record — was edged by Calvary Chapel, 2-1. The teams played through a scoreless first half and Laguna got its only goal from Courtney Capobianco in the final half of play.

Lauren Caris had eight saves.

Previously, the Breakers were handed their first league loss by host Estancia, which scored two first-half goals and made them stand in a 2-0 victory. It was the first league win for the Eagles and first shutout loss for Laguna in five weeks.

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Laguna wraps up league play and the regular season next week. First, the Breakers will play host to Estancia at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. On Thursday, they are scheduled to host Calvary Chapel, also at 6:15 p.m. The two key matches will determine who wins the league title.

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Laguna and Calvary Chapel battled to a 1-1 tie in a league match Wednesday at Orange Coast College.

The Breakers dominated possession in the first half but couldn’t score and trailed, 1-0, at the break.

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In the second half, Cain Fair, who came off the bench, scored on a header to bring Laguna even and the Breakers defense shut out the Eagles the rest of the way.

Erik Haug finished with five saves.

The Breakers and Eagles are tied for second place in the league standings, behind Estancia.

“We dominated the first half of play but couldn’t finish,” Laguna Coach Patrick Coyne said.

“But we played solid defense and got great leadership skills from our captain, Brennen Healey. He plays with a lot of passion and really leads this team.”

On Jan. 26, Laguna got into a 2-0 first-half hole at Estancia, battled back in the second half but ultimately dropped a 2-1 league match to the Eagles.

Sheldon Eaton scored for Laguna and Haug came up with four stops.

CIF playoff berths are still up for grabs, as league play continues today through Wednesday.

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At 3 p.m. today, Laguna plays at Costa Mesa.

The Breakers conclude league play next week with a pair of 6:15 p.m. home matches. They host Estancia on Monday and Calvary Chapel on Wednesday.

 


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