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Edison storms back to avoid upset

Down, 2-0, at the half against Huntington Beach, Chargers girls' soccer team maintains top spot in Sunset League with three unanswered second-half goals.

February 02, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

In Sunset League girls' soccer action Tuesday, Huntington Beach had visiting Edison on the ropes but the Chargers rallied big in the second half to come away with a 3-2 victory.

Jessica Amaral scored a pair of first-half goals for Huntington (1-6 league), which held a 2-0 halftime lead. Edison began its second-half rally on a goal by Rachael Larson and got the equalizer on a score by Brooke Lillywhite. Larson later scored the game-winning goal for Edison, which maintained its first-place standing by improving its league mark to 6-1. Nikki Fedele, Angelisa Cortez and Sierra Krenik each had an assist and Shelby Karal registered three saves for the Chargers.

"While I was unhappy with our defensive effort in the first 20 minutes of the game, I am truly proud of the desire and heart that the team displayed in the second half, and not just from the players on the field but our bench, as well," Edison Coach Kerry Crooks said.

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At Wednesday's practice, Crooks said that two players, Larson and Fedele, were to sign a National Letter of Intent. Larson was to sign with Southern Methodist University and Fedele with Georgia State.

Today's Sunset schedule finds Huntington Beach at Fountain Valley (3 p.m.), Marina hosting Los Alamitos (3:15 p.m.) and Edison playing a key game at Newport Harbor (4:45 p.m.). The Sailors handed the Chargers their lone league defeat (1-0) on Jan. 13.

In Golden West League play Tuesday, Ocean View suffered its first loss in league when visiting Loara converted its only shot on goal to score a 1-0 win.

In previous action, Melissa Cooley and Aleanna Vargas scored and Leslie Gonzalez had three saves as Ocean View beat Orange, 2-1, on Jan. 27.

The Seahawks, ranked ninth in CIF Division 6, continue league play at 3:15 p.m. today at rival Westminster.

On Wednesday, Ocean View midfielder Mikhaila Bowden signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Boise State.

"Mikhaila is the most unselfish, hardest-working, committed soccer player I have had," Ocean View Coach David Deaton said. "She is the dream player for any coach."

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In Sunset League action Friday, Edison posted a 4-0 road shutout of Fountain Valley, Marina was edged, 2-1 by Newport Harbor and Huntington Beach was blanked, 4-0, by Los Alamitos.

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