A team is often called a "side" in soccer, and for now Estancia High senior Jackie Freiberger and Costa Mesa High senior Sami Feinstein are definitely on opposite sides.
That's just temporary. The past, present and future of the careers of Freiberger and Feinstein are intertwined like the stitching on a soccer ball.
When they were about 8 years old, Freiberger and Feinstein both played soccer on an AYSO Region 120 team called "Blue Crush."
They were just starting out in the sport. It was a team on which the young players look like a swarm of bees as they chase the ball around the field.
"It was one of those teams where they just scramble a bunch of girls together and you play," Freiberger said.
A decade later, there's more at stake. Freiberger anchors the midfielder and forward spots for the Eagles (10-3-2, 4-0 in league), and Feinstein does the same for the Mustangs (4-8-5, 2-2). They meet in the first of two Battle for the Bell games today at 4:45 p.m. at Jim Scott Stadium.