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.