Breakers are continuing their quest for another Division 1 championship season with a 9-4 victory at Foothill (7-5) last Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Thea Walsh had another record day in the cage with 20 saves as the Breakers downed the Knights for the 11th time in the past 12 meetings. Evan Tingler and Molly Renner scored in the first period for the Breakers, but Foothill scored on a power play to open the second period. Laguna came right back as Grace Houlahan drew the exclusion giving a power play opportunity to the Breakers.
Tingler fed Alex Peros for the score and the Breakers led 3-1. Tingler added another score midway through the period on a great counter play, taking the pass from Walsh for the score. A passing error by Walsh and a power play put the Knights back in the game early in the third period as Foothill cut the score to 4-3. Laguna took care of the threat with another Peros score followed by a shot by Sophia Lucas and Laguna was up 6-3 entering the final period.
This week Laguna will face another stiff test with the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions featuring all the top teams. Breakers warm up to the event with a non-league match on Thursday, Jan. 11 with eighth-ranked San Marcos and they should see the Royals again on Friday in the tournament. Check the Max Preps web site for updated scores and statistics. The current Laguna win streak is now 42 straight and 130-4 since December 2013.
Breakers will host fourth-ranked Corona del Mar on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Laguna Community Pool. Expected match time is 3:30 p.m. and admission is free. Sea Queens hold a 19-13 series edge but Laguna has won the past seven encounters.
The JV squad easily won the Breaker Invitational this past weekend with a 21-3 win over Mira Costa, 12-2 over San Clemente, 12-4 over Newport Harbor and 10-5 over Corona del Mar.
SSCIF Poll for January 8: D1: 1 – Laguna Beach, 2 – Dos Pueblos, 3 – Mater Dei, 4 – Corona del Mar, 5 – Foothill, 6 – Los Alamitos, 7 – Orange Lutheran, 8 – San Marcos