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Girls' Soccer: Eagles fall to Breakers

Estancia suffers first league loss in two years, falls into a first-place tie with Laguna Beach.

January 30, 2014|By Matt Szabo
  • Estancia High's Alba Barrios, center, battles Laguna Beach's Katelyn Carballo, left, and Audrey Pillsbury, right, for the ball during the second half in an Orange Coast League game at Jim Scott Stadium on Thursday.
Estancia High's Alba Barrios, center, battles… (KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

"The curse of the ties is gone," Estancia High girls' soccer coach Jessica Perry proclaimed Thursday evening.

The Eagles had five wins and five ties in league last year, which was good enough to win the program's second Orange Coast League title in three years.

Through six league games this year, the Eagles have just one tie.

But a tie still is better than a loss.

Laguna Beach handed Estancia its first league loss in two years Thursday at Jim Scott Stadium. Breakers sophomore Katelyn Carballo scored off a corner kick in the 32nd minute, helping the visitors win, 1-0, and pull into a tie for first place in league with four games left.

The Eagles (8-5-4) and Breakers (9-5-3) are both 4-1-1 in league, good for 13 points. Godinez (3-2-1 in league) sits in third place, three points back.

For the visiting Breakers, it was a chance for revenge as the Eagles won at Laguna Beach, 2-1, on Jan. 16.

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"We were up for this game," said Laguna Coach Bill Rolfing, who last guided the Breakers to the league title in 2011-12. "We knew we were battling for the league title for the moment. We had a lot of effort. I think it was pretty sketchy toward the end, but we did a pretty good job shutting them down in the first half."

Carballo's goal came after the ball bounced around in the box following the corner kick. Estancia couldn't clear it, and Carballo volleyed it into the upper portion of the net from near the top of the box. Estancia junior keeper Caitlin Leahy (five saves) leaped appeared to get her hand on the shot, but it still managed to sneak in just below the crossbar.

"That's a really hard shot to stop for the keeper," Rolfing said. "It didn't have a lot of pace on it, but it was just under the bar. She had a goal and an assist in our last game over at Costa Mesa [a 3-0 win], so Katelyn's on a little bit of a tear right now."

Estancia tried to respond. Following another Laguna corner kick, sophomore Samantha Falasco cleared the ball. She did more than that, rushing it down the field, all the way into the Laguna Beach box. She appeared to be taken down there, but no foul was called in the final minute of the first half.

Falasco, who Perry called one of the league's best players, also had several long free kicks into the box in the second half. But no Eagles teammates could find the receiving end.

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