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No. 6 Edison scores late to tie Los Alamitos
LOS ALAMITOS - Though an early Sunset League showdown between No. 6 Edison and No. 10 Los Alamitos didn’t produce a winner, both teams came away from the match feeling as though they accomplished good things.
Edison junior MacKenzie Cerda scored the tying goal late in the second half as the Chargers and Griffins played to a 1-1 tie at Laurel School.
“We didn’t give up and were able to come back,” Cerda said. “We just have to stay confident and come out in every game strong and play each one like its’ a championship game."
Edison (9-3-2, 1-0-1) is the two-time defending Sunset League champions, while Los Alamitos (6-3-6, 1-0-1) has finished second both times. The two teams will square off again on Jan. 29 at Edison.
“For us to be successful, we need to maintain our composure and keep the ball on the ground,” Chargers coach Kerry “Mac” Crooks said. “We responded well when we got scored on, which is something that champions do. We have to be prepared for every team in this league to play their best game against us.”
The Griffins had the first scoring chance of the match in the fourth minute when senior Hannah Goldsmith headed a corner kick toward the goal that was stopped by Chargers junior Jordyn Gressier.
Junior goalie Savannah Sickler came up big for Los Alamitos in the eighth minute, making a diving save to her right on a shot by Cerda.
The Griffins managed to possess the ball from the middle third into the attacking third throughout much of the first half, but were unable to take advantage. Chargers defenders Sierra Krenik, Brooke Webster, and Bailey Webster each made strong plays to prevent the Griffins from getting quality scoring chances.
Los Alamitos finally broke through with the first goal of the match with under 10 minutes remaining. Junior Sarah Sanger dribbled into the attacking third and floated a pass across the box to Eastwood, who knocked the ball with her chest past Chargers junior goalie Alison Jahansouz.
“I saw Sarah going toward the corner and knew that she was going to cross the ball,” Eastwood said. “I made a diagonal run and told myself that I was going to get to that ball and score.”
Edison responded with the equalizer three minutes later. Cerda dribbled deep into the attacking third, angled her body back toward the middle to get space, and blasted a shot into the goal.
“I made a cut, had a wide open net and was able to finish it,” Cerda said.
Griffins coach Steve Soler was pleased with the overall performance of his team and credited Cerda with making a big play late in the game.
“We knew it was going to be tight and I liked the effort and intensity that we played with,” Soler said “Cerda is Edison’s go-to player and she is a really good player.”