Winning by a 5-0 score in boys' soccer might indicate that a team was working on all cylinders.
That final was the end result Wednesday for Laguna Beach, which defeated visiting Calvary Chapel at Guyer Field. The outcome pleased Breakers Coach Dan Richards, although his team's performance wasn't indicative of what it could ultimately achieve.
"Although the result on paper is good, we really didn't take our chances well enough today," Richards said. "We knew we had the ability to win the game comfortably and create a lot of goal scoring opportunities but didn't truly make it count."
"At times we did a good job moving the ball around and there was some nice link-up play which was good to see, however, the boys know they still could have done better and will need to raise their game for the upcoming matches. The players all know we have high expectations this year and don't want to settle for just 'good,' I believe we have a lot of talented players and they are fully aware of why we have set the bar so high."
Laguna took a 2-0 halftime lead on the Eagles and continued its scoring assault in the second half. Chris Tellez led the scoring with two goals and Grifan Fair, Jake Hexberg and Noah Radach, each scored once.
The victory, which marked the sixth time in 10 games that Laguna has posted a shutout, improved the Breakers' league record to 2-1 and overall mark to 7-1-2.
They entered the week ranked fifth in the CIF Southern Section Division 5 poll. They began the season unranked.
"Obviously we are still happy to get the win which was the most important thing, especially bouncing back after our first loss of the season against Estancia," Richards said.
Laguna was handed its first loss of the season on Jan. 11 when host Estancia scored a 1-0 victory over the Breakers. Goalie Bryce Williamson had 12 saves in the loss.
The Breakers play host to Godinez at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Guyer Field. They play at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against Costa Mesa at Jim Scott Stadium at Estancia High.
"We know Godinez is an extremely strong team and has been playing great soccer all season long, as expected," Richards said. "They are always a very competitive program and will be a true test of the boys.
"Our home results have been very good this year and we have worked hard to make it a tough place to come and play for the opponents. This will easily be our strongest test so far at Guyer Field and we will need to be ready for it."
The Breakers (0-2-1 in league) dropped a tough match at Guyer Field to visiting Calvary Chapel Tuesday, 2-1, in Orange Coast League play.
In its previous league outing on Jan. 10, Laguna played host Estancia to a scoreless game.
Laguna played Godinez Thursday, but the score wasn't available at press time. The Breakers play two league games next week beginning with a 5 p.m. clash Tuesday with Costa Mesa at Estancia High. On Thursday, they'll play host to Estancia at 5 p.m. at Guyer Field.
Girls' Water Polo
The Breakers, the sixth-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 1, cruised to another victory in Orange Coast League play Wednesday, when they defeated visiting Saddleback, 22-2.