COSTA MESA — The Estancia High boys' soccer team is off to a slow start for the second straight season.
Coach Robert Castellano said this time it has to do more with competing against larger schools than the play of the Eagles. They played host to another big school Wednesday and the Eagles came out even.
Estancia tied Newport Harbor, 1-1, on a chilly evening. A large number of fans for both sides showed up for the nonleague match and they did not see any scoring after the first half.
The goals in the first half were worth the price of admission.
Caleb Candelaria recorded the first goal midway through the half for Newport Harbor (1-4-2). The midfielder dribbled up the backline, toward goalkeeper Edgar Vega before blasting a short-ranged shot. Vega knocked the shot down, but the rebound found the feet of Candelaria, who put it away.
Vega did his best before the half to help Estancia (1-3-2) tie the match.