Chargers still rolling, remain undefeated

Picking up where it left off in nonleague play, the Edison boys' soccer team won its first two league contests of the season in the previous week.

The Chargers, ranked No. 1 in the CIF Division 1 poll, began league play Jan. 5 with a 4-0 win over Marina, getting goals from Tyler Bigenho, Bajj Chela, Jake Little and Drew Parrish. Last Friday, Edison took a 5-3 win from Fountain Valley. Chela and Mitchell Alvarez both scored twice and Jacob Rushing once. Goalie Scott Campbell had several saves in both games.

Edison, which improved to 15-0 with the two wins, has outscored the opposition, 67-6.

In other boys' soccer action, Marina used a goal by Miguel Rizo — who scored off an assist from Josh Medina — and four saves by David Elias to record a 1-0 victory over visiting Newport Harbor on Friday. In another Sunset game played Friday, Max Talbert scored off a John McFall assist for Huntington in its 2-1 loss to host Los Alamitos.

Sunset League games Friday are Los Alamitos at Marina (3 p.m.), Fountain Valley at Huntington Beach (4:45 p.m.) and Edison at Newport Harbor (4:45 p.m.).

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Girls' Soccer

Mackenzie Cerda, Brooke Lillywhite and Angelisa Cortez each scored once Tuesday to power Edison past Huntington Beach, 3-1. Jessica Amaral scored for the Oilers.

In another Sunset game Tuesday, Marina used a second-half goal by Sam Thompson to post a 1-0 win over visiting Fountain Valley.

In Sunset League openers Jan. 6, Edison was a 4-0 winner over Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach fell, 1-0, to Los Alamitos and Marina was blanked, 3-0, at Newport Harbor. In Edison's win, Cerda scored a pair of second-half goals, Lillywhite and Sierra Krenik each scored once, Nikki Fedele had two assists and Shelby Karal two saves for the Chargers.

In Sunset action today, Huntington hosts Fountain Valley (3 p.m.), Marina takes on host Los Alamitos at Laurel High School (3:15 p.m.) and Edison hosts Newport Harbor (4:45 p.m.).

Ocean View began its Golden West League season Tuesday against Orange, and behind overtime goals by Aleanna Vargas and Maddie Koci and three saves by Leslie Gonzalez, scored a 2-0 win over the host Panthers.

The Seahawks play a 3:15 league contest today at Loara.

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Girls' Water Polo

The Sunset League season got underway Jan. 5 with Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos and Newport Harbor notching victories.

Huntington downed Marina, 13-3, getting seven goals from Sam Preston, three from Alyssa Katreeb and 11 saves from Caillend Robbins. Los Alamitos, ranked No. 2 in CIF Division 1, scored a 14-3 win over No. 8 Edison. Haley Kunert scored twice for the Chargers. Newport Harbor, ranked third, defeated No. 10 Fountain Valley, 15-3. Kayla Robert scored twice to lead the Barons.

Edison bounced back from its loss to Los Alamitos to score wins over Villa Park (16-4) and Irvine (15-5). Kunert and Alys Williams both scored five goals, Melissa Balding had three goals and Sydni Estrella had 15 saves in the win over Villa Park. Edison held an 11-0 halftime lead on the Spartans in a game played at the Ocean View pool.

Williams scored five times and assisted four other goals, Kunert scored three times with five assists, Balding posted three goals and Estrella had nine saves in the 15-5 win over host Irvine at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center.

The Chargers have been playing without starter Abby Oshiro (dislocated knee cap) since the start of the Holiday Cup Dec. 30. Edison Coach Diggy Riley said that Oshiro should be back in the lineup by the Newport Harbor game Feb. 2.

"After a disappointing loss to Los Al, our girls regrouped and had terrific games against two top 18-ranked teams," Riley said. "Our girls felt like they had something to prove after the loss to Los Al and really turned up the intensity, especially on the defensive end."

Edison opens play Friday at the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions. The Chargers play fifth-ranked Laguna Beach at 2:30 p.m. at Santa Barbara High.

The tournament runs through Saturday and is played at both the Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos High pools. The 16-team event, which divides four teams into four pool-play brackets, features several ranked Southern Section teams, including Edison, Laguna Beach, Los Alamitos, Newport Harbor, Dos Pueblos (No. 1, Division 1), Corona del Mar (No. 4, Division 1), Santa Barbara (No. 6, Division 1), Agoura (No. 1, Division 2), Montebello (No. 2, Division 2), Long Beach Wilson (No. 7, Division 2) and Mater Dei (No. 8, Division 2).

"Our girls are really looking forward to this tournament," Riley said. "We get the opportunity to travel together and turn it into a sort of bonding weekend. Every game is going to be tough."

Next week's Sunset League schedule at the Newport Harbor pool has Edison battling Huntington Beach at 5 p.m. and Marina taking on Fountain Valley at 6 p.m.

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