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Los Al capitalizes on Edison's mistakes
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Edison coach Charlie Breneman is doing everything he can to make sure his team keeps a positive attitude, because right now it would be easy for the Chargers to be down and frustrated.
The Chargers outplayed visiting Los Alamitos for most of their game Wednesday night, holding the Griffins to two shots on goal, one in the first half and another in stoppage time.
But it was the Griffins who left the Sunset League match with a 1-0 victory, capitalizing on Edison’s lack of communication in the final third.
“I don’t think they necessarily beat us. That goal was us. They did not create that. We made a mistake,” Breneman said. “That was the difference.
"We have been solid defensively all season, but if we don’t score a goal or two, we seem to put ourselves in this position where we make mistakes.”
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The Chargers (8-6-4, 0-2-1) made a big mistake when they allowed Evan Bacani to get behind their back line and redirect a pass from Anthony Bussa into the goal in the 16th minute.
Los Alamitos coach Don Martinez said the Chargers were too strong for the Griffins, winning balls and preventing the Griffins from finishing.
The Griffins’ forwards, Martinez said, have to do a better job maintaining possession, receive the ball and play off of it.
“Every single time we got the ball to our attacking player in the final third, they were pushed off the ball and we lost the ball,” Martinez said. “They have to be able to do something without losing the ball.”
After Bacani scored, the Grffins seemed to be stuck between the 18s and didn’t put another good shot on frame until the final minute of the game when Ozvaldo Yanez made it into the box and sent a line drive screaming at Kevin Piscapo, who batted the ball away to make the save for Edison.
Even though they lack a bit of size, the Griffins’ strength this season is defense, so the Chargers didn’t have many opportunities to score either. They had one shot bounced off the crossbar in the first half. Then, in the second half, Connor Fatone stopped another Edison shot with a diving save in the 60th minute.
“We defend space, and we are very disciplined. That puts us in good spots defensively,” Martinez said. “But if you are not producing and developing opportunities … our defense is going to keep us in games, but you have to finish.”