Huntington Beach – The Huntington Beach boys lacrosse team clinched a share of the Sunset League title, by beating Edison 10-7 on Tuesday at Edison High School. The Oilers (9-8, 6-2) await to see Friday’s result between Los Alamitos and Newport, which play on Friday at Estancia High School at 7 p.m.
If Newport Harbor upsets Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach would be the outright league champion and would earn automatically get into the playoffs. If Los Alamitos wins, then the Oilers and the Griffins share the league title, and Los Alamitos would get the automatic bid based on goal-differential in head-to-head competition.
Huntington Beach coach Ryan Kelaher believes his team has done enough to an earn an at-large bid into the playoffs, which start next week. The No.17 Oiler tout wins against No.11 Murrieta Mesa, No. 14 Edison, No.15 Los Alamitos and two wins over No.20 Newport Harbor.
Huntington Beach’s win against No.14 Edison didn’t come easy. After Huntington Beach built an 8-4 lead after three quarters, Edison scored three straight goals to cut the Oilers’ lead down to 8-7. But that’s as close as the Chargers got. Kyle Henriksen scored two goals to put the game out of reach and give the Oilers a share of their first league title since 2013.
“I thought Kyle’s leadership at the midfield going right to left was unbelievable. It’s the last league game of the season, all the marbles were in it and we came out on top,” Kelaher said.
Henriksen, who finished with five goals for the Oilers, had a big goal toward the end of the second quarter to break a 3-3 tie and give the Oilers a 4-3 halftime lead. Another player that stood out for the Oilers was defender Jeremy Anderson, who had two goals and one assist.
“We came out and played as a family tonight, and we were able to come by a great team, pull together and pull this win off,” Anderson said.
Ricky Masters, Michael Goodheart and Timmy Benson each scored a goal for Huntington Beach. Goalie Grady Mercier had 15 saves for the Oilers.
“Grady is a huge part of our team and he really helps everyone keep their head on straight. He’s really able to calm us down and make sure we play our own game,” Anderson said.
Edison (10-6, 4-3), which lost its third consecutive league game, was led by Connor Grief who had four goals. AJ McLean had two goals, Evan Siegel had one goal and two assists and goalies Andrew Moore and Josh Lightman combined for six saves.
Huntington Beach concludes the regular season at No. 9 Mater Dei on Thursday at 7 p.m. Edison concludes the regular season at Marina on Thursday at 4 p.m.