Sun sets on Edison's competition

Chargers boys' and girls' soccer teams dominated opponents in the Sunset League in 2011.

February 09, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Edison's Bajj Chela, right, celebrates his goal with teammate Tyler Bigenho during Friday's game against Newport Harbor.
Edison's Bajj Chela, right, celebrates his goal… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

The 2011 Sunset League boys' and girls' soccer titles have an Edison flare to them.

The Edison girls on Tuesday clinched a tie for the league crown by blanking Los Alamitos, 1-0. The win completed a league sweep of the Griffins, whom the Chargers defeated, 2-1, in their first league meeting Jan. 18, a win that was Edison's first over their league rival in four years.

Two minutes into the second half, the Chargers' Angelisa Cortez got past the Griffins defense on the left side and then sent a cross that the Los Al keeper couldn't hold on to. Freshman MacKenzie Cerda was there to knock in what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

Edison has a share of its first league championship since 2002.

"Our defense was stellar," Edison Coach Kerry Crooks said of a unit led by captains Nikki Fedele, Rachael Larson, Courtney Maddux and Karley Wester.


The Chargers can win the Sunset title outright today (4:45 p.m.) at home against Marina.

In other Sunset games today, Fountain Valley is at Los Alamitos (3 p.m.) and Huntington Beach plays at Newport Harbor (4:45 p.m.).

In other Sunset games Tuesday, Fountain Valley edged Newport Harbor, 2-1, and Huntington and Marina fought to a 1-1 tie.

The Edison boys' soccer team clinched its second straight Sunset League championship and kept its season record spotless Friday by routing visiting Newport Harbor, 7-0.

Bajj Chela scored a hat trick, Tyler Bigenho had a goal and assist and Faris Barudi, Jacob Rushing and Trevor Verone each scored once for the Chargers, who improved to 22-0 and 9-0 in league.

The Chargers also scored a 5-1 win Feb. 2 over Huntington Beach, as Bigenho scored twice and Rushing, Verone and Mitchel Alvarez each scored once. Marco Randazzo scored off a Sam Hart assist for Huntington.

In other Sunset action Friday, Fountain Valley blanked Huntington, 2-0, and Marina fell, 3-1, to Los Alamitos. Ethan Morrow and Steven Ryan scored and Jose Garcia and Brandon Dang had assists for the Barons in their win over the Oilers.


Girls' Water Polo

A busy week for Edison — which started with a Sunset League showdown Feb. 2 against Fountain Valley — culminated Saturday with a strong showing at the Irvine Southern California Championships.

The Chargers, the No. 14 seed in the tournament, won four games to claim the consolation championship.

"Our girls knew we could compete with the elite teams," Edison Coach Diggy Riley said after his Chargers fell, 4-2, to Newport Harbor and headed to the two-day tournament that began Feb. 3.

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