Laguna seeded first at So Cal Championships
Breakers will be defending their So Cal Tournament title this weekend in the 21st annual event at Irvine’s Woollett Center as the top seed in the 32-team tournament.
Laguna opened play on Thursday, Feb. 4, at Irvine High School with Cabrillo/Lompoc (D6 # 3) and if the seedings hold Laguna would play Arroyo Grande (D3 # 1) Thursday and Mater Dei on Friday before facing off with Dos Pueblos on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. Finals will be near 3 p.m.
Breakers will travel to Saddleback on Monday, Feb. 8, to face the Roadrunners (14-9, 2-0) to wrap up league play and will close out the regular season on Wednesday, Feb. 10, hosting Murrieta Valley.
Playoff brackets will post at www.CIFss.org on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. Laguna will host their first round game on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Quarterfinals will be Saturday, Feb. 20, and the semifinals and finals will be held at Irvine’s Woollett Center on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 27.
Laguna 10, King 4 (Riverside)
Defense controlled the tempo of the contest played Saturday, Jan. 30, at the new pool complex on the Riverside Poly campus. Laguna missed their first three shots, turned the ball over on a foul before scoring on their next four possessions. Bella Baldridge starting the scoring string followed by Natalie Selin in less than a minute later. Selin then drew a five-meter penalty shot on the next possession and Sophie Leggett converted to make it 3-0 in just over a minute. Breakers made it 4-0 when Sophia Lucas took a long pass from Holly Parker and scored on a breakaway. Breakers had 10 full possessions in the opening period taking eight shots and scoring four times. King also had 10 possessions in the initial period, but were held to only four shot attempts.
Leggett added two more scores in the second quarter while Bella Baldridge added two in the third period before feeding Evan Tingler for a goal. Breakers defense limited King to five unsuccessful shots in the third period on nine full possessions. The final Laguna score came in the final period on another penalty shot as Ally Jochim drew the penalty and Leggett converted the try to give Laguna their 10th goal. Overall, Holly Parker was credited with three saves in the cage and Thea Walsh with eight.
SSCIF D-1 Poll for (2-1): 1 – Orange Lutheran, 2 – Laguna Beach, 3 – Foothill, 4 – San Marcos, 5 – Dos Pueblos, 6 – Corona del Mar, 7 – Santa Barbara, 8 – Mater Dei, 9 – Los Alamitos, 10 – Newport Harbor & Santa Margarita (tie), others: Huntington Beach
Statistical Leaders after 19 games:
Goals: 49 – Sophie Leggett, 45 – Bella Baldridge, 33 – Natalie Selin
Assists: 46 – Bella Baldridge, 27 – Haley Evans, 20 – Evan Tingler
Steals: 27 – Bella Baldridgem 20 – Natalie Selin, Haley Evans
Saves: Parker 135, Walsh 55