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Sailors fall, drop to third

Edison scores game's only goal in Sunset League showdown Monday.

January 23, 2012|By Matt Szabo

HUNTINGTON BEACH — On a rainy Monday, Newport Harbor High girls' soccer Coach Larry Draluck got some good news in the form of a text message.

The message was from his senior forward and leading scorer, Josie Jogwe, who Draluck thought would be on a recruiting trip at Sacramento State.

"She said somehow her flight got canceled," Draluck said. "She said she'd see me at the game."

The Sailors were at full strength for their showdown for first place in the Sunset League. Edison was still able to protect its home field.

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Chargers junior forward Kelsey Wetzstein scored in the 31st minute and it held up, as Edison moved into first place all by itself with a 1-0 victory at Edison High.

Newport Harbor (5-8-2, 3-2-1 in league) came into the game in a three-way tie for first with Edison and Los Alamitos. Now the Sailors are in third place, and the defending league champion Chargers (12-5-3, 4-1-1) control their own destiny with four league games to go.

Los Alamitos (3-1-1 in league) is in second place. The Griffins' game at Marina on Monday was rescheduled to Saturday due to the inclement weather.

Nothing is decided in the league; Marina (2-3) and Huntington Beach (2-3-1) are also very much alive in the race for one of three automatic CIF Southern Section Division I playoff spots. Draluck did not see his team, vying for its second straight postseason appearance, lose its share of first place Monday due to lack of effort.

The rain stopped before the game, and the Sailors seemed to be controlling the midfield in the first half. That suddenly changed thanks to the efforts of Edison senior midfielder Angelisa Cortez, who won the ball in the midfield before playing it up the right sideline to sophomore forward Audrey Minar. She crossed it into the box to Wetzstein, whose shot deflected off the Sailors goalie and into the net.

Edison, ranked No. 8 in the CIF Southern Section Division I coaches' poll, had the only goal it would need. The Chargers were able to avenge their only league loss, a 1-0 overtime defeat at Newport Harbor in the league opener Jan. 5.

"Listen, I'm into soccer," Draluck said. "Just to counter and score, it's fantastic. They deserved to win. They did what they had to do, but I thought we did a good job of competing and managing the game. My kids weren't rattled really. They gave away some silly balls, but I think those were the younger players who got really excited and gave some balls away.

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