Chargers don't have the finishing touch

Girls' soccer team has plenty of chances against Mission Viejo, but falls, 1-0, in Division 1 second-round contest.

February 23, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,

The only thing the Edison High girls' soccer team lacked Tuesday in its CIF Southern Section Division 1 second-round match against Mission Viejo was a finishing touch.

It certainly wasn't for a lack of effort, desire or drive by the eighth-ranked Chargers that cost them against the visiting Diablos, a 1-0 defeat that did put the finishing touch on what had been an outstanding season.

"We just didn't finish," Edison Coach Kerry Crooks said after her team — which she said overachieved in 2010-11 — had its season end. "We had our opportunities but couldn't complete them, and that's the game of soccer. We played great defense but gave up a goal, and it's a situation like this tonight that people love and hate about soccer. You can play so well and still lose."


Mission Viejo, the No. 2 team from the South Coast League, took its 1-0 lead on a goal by Carly Mottram early in the second half. Edison, which earlier this month won its first Sunset League championship since 2002, assaulted the Diablos net on several occasions in the closing half, yet couldn't convert. Actually, they did convert with just under three minutes remaining when Rebecca Ross appeared to have scored off a corner kick, but the Chargers were denied the tying score on an offsides call.

"That was frustrating," Crooks said.

The loss snapped an eight-game win streak by the Chargers.

"Mission Viejo came out with a tough defense and did a good job early, but like I said, we had our chances to score," Crooks said. "It's frustrating, but the girls had an amazing season. They achieved more than most thought and nobody thought they'd win a league championship, but they did. They fought hard throughout the season and fought hard tonight until the very last second and gave it their all on the field. As a coach, that's all you could ask of your team. I'm very proud of them."

Edison, which ended the year 16-6-4, began postseason play Feb. 17 and scored a 2-0 shutout home win over Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. Angelisa Cortez and Shannon Wright scored and Nikki Fedele and Brooke Lillywhite each had an assist.

On a night that Edison was eliminated, Ocean View posted a big road win to keep its title hopes alive.

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