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Laguna beats Tustin again

The Laguna Beach girls’ soccer team has Tustin’s number.

One week after opening the season with a 2-1 home victory over Tustin, the Breakers again defeated the Tillers, this time on the road Tuesday by a 4-1 score.

At the five-minute mark of the nonleague contest, Jackie Csira slammed home a rebound off a shot by Nikki Clark. Five minutes later, Clark scored from 15 yards out on the left-side following a through ball from teammate Laura Renault.

Laguna’s third goal came courtesy of Jackie Csira who scored from the right side off a throw-in by Brianna Lacy. The final Breakers goal was netted at the 60-minute mark by Courtney Capobianco who scored off a through ball from Csira to give Laguna a 4-0 lead.

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Tustin finally cracked the scoreboard on a goal by Alysa Cummaker at the 70-minute mark.

Laguna had an impressive offensive run in the opening half when it had 15 shots on goal.

“Our passing game worked well at this point," Laguna Coach Bill Rolfing said.

Rolfing also noted the solid performances of Csira who finished with two goals and an assist, “fine play" on the outside by defenders Riley Westgaard and Angela Lozano, a five-save game by junior keeper Lura Hills, a strong game at midfield by junior Madeline Arterburn and left-midfield player Alex Degarmo who sent “clever balls" down the left side of the field.

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“Now, we prepare for a huge week coming up with two tough matches and the Irvine Tournament," said Rolfing whose squad hosts University Tuesday and plays Thursday at Sage Hill in pair of tough nonleague matches.

After those two matches, Laguna will play in the three-day Irvine Tournament which begins Dec. 14.

“The overall program has made a big advance both in quality of individual players and success of our team-style play," said Rolfing, noting that both the junior varsity and frosh/soph level teams haven’t lost in two matches. “The emphasis on improving technique and speed of play while in the off-season, is paying off as girls enter Laguna Beach High.

“We are a very small school, so it is rewarding when we know we can compete at a high level in Orange County."

In boys’ soccer

Like the school’s girls’ team, Laguna emerged victorious Tuesday by edging Sage Hill, 2-1, on the Lightning’s home field.

The Breakers dominated the game’s first 15 minutes but couldn’t pull away from the Lightning.

The teams were tied 1-1 at the half.

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Noah Michelon scored Laguna’s first goal in the opening half, and Tommy Hopper netted the winning goal in the second half.

David Claussen, Edgar Rabadan and Bryce Healy were credited with assists.

Alex Germano recorded four saves.

Laguna, now 2-0, hosts Santa Margarita Monday at 6:15 p.m. at Guyer Field.

The Breakers also will travel Wednesday to face JSerra for a 3 p.m. nonleague match.

They also will compete at the Irvine Tournament Dec. 14-17.



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