A solid performance didn’t end in the way that Laguna Beach girls’ soccer coach Bill Rolfing had hoped for Tuesday.
Despite a strong showing in midfield play, the Breakers suffered a 3-0 nonleague loss to visiting University at Guyer Field.
“We had a disappointing result from a good performance," Rolfing said. “We lost 3-0 in the end, but we were satisfied with our strong midfield play. Simply said, neither team had many chances at goal, however, they converted theirs and we didn’t."
In the match, Laguna lost junior sweeper Holden Penney, who suffered a severe ankle sprain.
“The game also was experimental for us in terms of establishing midfield control, and with that we succeeded," Rolfing said about the midfield play of Laura Renault and Claire Rubel.
He also noted the “very tenacious" defensive play of sophomore Kelsey Peterson.
“The score was not indicative of a 50-50 game possession, but a good lesson for the Breakers going into the high-level Irvine Varsity Tournament."
Laguna begins play at 3:15 p.m. today (Dec. 14) at the Irvine Varsity Tournament.
The Breakers will take on Brea Olinda at Heritage Park in Irvine.
Laguna also will play host Irvine at 11 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 15) at Irvine High. Later that day, the Breakers will battle Fountain Valley in a 6:30 p.m. match at the Irvine High stadium.
The tournament concludes Monday (Dec. 17).
Also next week, Laguna will play a 3 p.m. nonleague match Thursday (Dec. 20) at Sage Hill.
In boys’ soccer
Much like the outcome of the girls’ loss to University Tuesday, Laguna’s boys’ squad played visiting Santa Margarita tough Monday (Dec. 10) in a 3-0 loss at Guyer Field.
The Eagles are one of the top-ranked teams in both the county and nation.
Laguna controlled the first half of play despite missing out on several scoring opportunities. Santa Margarita did convert once and took a 1-0 lead at the half.
Alex Germano had five saves for Laguna. Billy Thompson had six saves for the Eagles.
In another nonleague match played Dec. 6, Laguna blanked Valley Christian, 3-0, at Guyer Field.
The Breakers led 2-0 at the half with goals posted by Edgar Rabadon and Noah Michelon.
Bryce Healy had an assist in the opening half.
In the second half, Tim Fulton netted a goal off a Jack Monroe feed to complete the scoring.
Germano had one save for Laguna.
Laguna’s boys also are competing today through Monday at the Irvine Varsity Tournament.