Edison is No. 1 for a reason

Chargers boys' soccer team, which has held top spot in CIF all year and recently moved atop ESPN's national list, has 15 shutouts and is 19-0.

January 26, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,

The Edison boys' soccer team is No. 1 for good reason.

For starters, the Chargers are 19-0. Nineteen-and-Oh, and it's the "Oh" part that has been pretty impressive.

In 19 wins thus far — a school-record win streak, by the way — the Chargers have won 15 of those by shutout. In addition, in three other triumphs they held the opposition to a single goal.

The undefeated Chargers have held down the No. 1 spot in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll for the past month. Coach Charlie Breneman said that he learned Tuesday that Edison, which previously was ranked second, is now ranked No. 1 nationally by ESPN Rise.


So far, it's been quite an incredible ride for the Chargers, who next face rival Fountain Valley on Friday.

When the 2010-11 season began, Breneman — who was about to enter his sixth year as head coach at the school — said he was certain about his team's defensive skills but not settled about its offensive prowess. His worries have been for naught: his offense has averaged four goals per game. Three times it has scored seven goals in a game and drove home a season-high eight goals in an 8-0 shutout of Burroughs (Burbank) on Dec. 28.

Only once have the Chargers been held to a single goal and that came in a 1-0 win at Huntington Beach on Jan. 12.

The defense, with junior goalkeepers Scott Campbell and Kevin Johnson protecting the cage, has been outstanding. Campbell has 15 shutouts with 44 saves and Johnson has eight saves and has contributed toward five of those shutouts, Breneman said.

"Our defense has really been great and when the season began, I knew we'd have a strong unit," he said. "The cliché 'defense wins championships' is true. I never had a doubt about our defense. As for our offense, I was more concerned heading into the season where our goals would come from.

"Our ability to move the ball and our pace on the outside and up top has really ignited our offense. If a team is not organized enough, we break behind them and take control. Los Alamitos was extremely organized last week, but our guys rose to the occasion."

Although the Griffins came prepared, the Chargers still emerged with a 3-0 victory Jan. 19.

Breneman said he saw the potential of his team during the early stages of the 2009-10 season, when it won the Trabuco Hills tournament.

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