Edison edges Barons

Chargers girls' soccer team scores 1-0 win over Fountain Valley in Sunset League play.

January 29, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

Edison maintained the lead in the Sunset League girls' soccer standings Tuesday by fending off determined Fountain Valley by a 1-0 score at Edison.

Amanda Erickson took a long pass from defender Bailey Webster in the 1 1/2 minutes of the game and scored what turned out to be the winning goal.

The Chargers lead the Sunset race at 4-1.

The Barons, whom Edison Coach Kerry Crooks said played a "solid game," have not given up more than a single goal in each of their first five league games.


Fountain Valley, ranked seventh in CIF Southern Section Division 1, dropped its first league game and is now 2-1-2.

The teams close out the league and regular seasons Feb. 12 at Fountain Valley.

"With five games remaining , it will be a tough race to the title," Crooks said.

•Huntington Beach found itself in a two-goal hole Tuesday at Los Alamitos, but the Oilers rallied in the second half to earn a 2-2 tie in another Sunset League match. Sawyer Koelsch scored off an assist by Kassidy Simpkins to trim the Los Al lead to 2-1. With one minute remaining in the match, Simpkins scored the game equalizer.

The result put Huntington at 2-2-1 in league and 8-3-3 overall.

Oilers Coach Raul Ruiz praised his entire team's effort, saying his squad put in "quality minutes and support. Ruiz said Sarah Steinhaus turned in a "key defensive play" that prevented the game from slipping away from the Oilers, and that goalie Kate Hart had a "great performance."

"To be successful as a team, a team player must exert an effective positive influence upon her teammates by believing in each other, to the point where she will sacrifice herself and fight to the end, sacrificing personal glory for the welfare of the team," Ruiz said he told his players during their pregame meeting.

•Ocean View took its Golden West League record to 3-1-1 Tuesday by blanking host Orange, 2-0. Casey Dooley and Hanna Messina scored goals, Cintia Ruiz and Kaci Montoya each picked up an assist, and goalie Malia Hayes registered nine saves for the Seahawks who are 9-8-2 overall.

Orange goalie Emily Pontiakos turned in a big performance with 15 saves.

"We played well, struggled to finish, [and] we created many chances," Ocean View Coach David Deaton said.

In a previous league game Jan. 23, Ocean View lost its first league game, 2-0, at Westminster.

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