Opportunities "” well, of the missed variety "” played a big part Wednesday for the Laguna Beach High boys’ soccer team, which dropped a frustrating, 1-0, Orange Coast League match to visiting Estancia at Guyer Field.
“We need to put the ball in the net and we’re not doing that. That’s the name of the game," Laguna Coach Patrick Coyne said. “It’s tough to lose like that when you had your chances. Until we finish those opportunities, we’re not going to come out with a win. The boys played hard, though."
The loss put the Breakers at 0-1-2 in league. Estancia stayed in first place by improving to 2-0-1.
Laguna hosts Costa Mesa at 6:15 today at Guyer Field.
“It’s a must-win game for us," Coyne said. “This (race) still isn’t over. We can still fight back."
Breakers, Eagles can’t find back of the net in tie
In a match Tuesday that pitted teams considered to be top two in the Orange Coast League, Laguna and Estancia settled for a scoreless draw at Guyer Field.
Laguna came out on the attack, playing its patented triangle passing game and establishing early threats on the Estancia goal.
Both teams were tenacious defensively in the second half. Laguna’s stubborn defensive effort by Holden Penney, Kelsey Peterson, Jessie Good Man and Christina Gardilcic, turned away several second half threats and Breakers keeper Lura Hills was outstanding in gaining the shutout.
"[Alex] Degarmo had a breakthrough game as she freely penetrated down the right side into the Estancia penalty area," Laguna Coach Bill Rolfing said. “Holden Penney again had a stellar game in central defense."
The result put the Breakers at 1-1-1 in league play. Their only league loss came on Jan. 13 to Calvary Chapel, which scored a 4-3 upset win when Hills suffered an injury.
Laguna is now 7-3-9 overall. Two of the three losses have come to ranked teams (Long Beach Poly and Corona del Mar).
Girls’ Soccer Night to feature AYSO game
The Laguna Beach girls’ soccer program and AYSO Region 86 will team up for Girls’ Soccer Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Guyer Field.
The festivities are part of Laguna’s home Orange Coast League match against Godinez. The AYSO match will pit the Under-10 Winter Select 20 team against the U-10 Spring Select team which begins at 7:05 p.m.
The AYSO game will be 15 continuous minutes in an 11-on-11 format on a shortened 80-yard pitch, Breakers Coach Bill Rolfing said.