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Girls Soccer Ends 31-Year Drought

Senior Marina Paul's free kick sails past three Saddleback players and finds the back of the net for the Breakers first of three goals in their 3-1 victory over Saddleback.

Laguna Beach High School’s girls soccer team defeated Saddleback 3-1 on Wednesday, Feb. 8, to capture the program’s first league title in 31 seasons of play.

 

The exciting conclusion to the regular season was played before a spirited celebrating crowd that saw the team finish league undefeated with a 6-0-4 record and a 10-6-6 overall mark.

 

Laguna will host their opening CIF Division 4 match Friday, Feb. 17, at Guyer Field.

 

Breakers scored first when Marina Paul scored nine minutes into the match on a free kick about 25-yards out near the sideline, which curved perfectly into the net’s far post.

 

Saddleback quickly countered after they were awarded a kick that dribbled into the net off a number of players.

 

Laguna scored again about 15 minutes into the second half as Tatum Moore scored off a free kick by Paul. Breakers’ final tally came as April Carlson dribbled around the Saddleback keeper to score on a break-away run.

 

Coach Bill Rolfing has mentored the girls for the past eight seasons and is the all-time leader in wins for the program. Rolfing was also the boys head coach from 1979-83 and is No. 2 in wins among the 15 coaches that have headed that program. His 1980 team lost to Aviation in the 2A semifinals.

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