Only a half-game separated the top two teams in the Sunset League girls' soccer title chase when Edison played against visiting Los Alamitos Tuesday.
By the time the final horn of the key contest had sounded on a cold night, the league's top two sports remained the same.
Edison took a first-half lead on Los Al, but the Griffins scored the equalizing goal in the second half, and the teams played to their second 1-1 tie score of the season.
It was the same score the teams produced when they met on Jan. 8.
Junior Mackenzie Cerda scored for Edison, ranked sixth in CIF Southern Section Division 1, in both games. In Tuesday's tie, she powered a shot into the left corner of the goal at the 13:37 mark of the first half. Off a free kick, senior Brooke Lillywhite's pass through several Los Al defenders set up Cerda, who then drove toward the goal.
Gracie Kaub scored in the 47th minute of the second half for the Griffins, who are ranked tied for No. 9 in the division.
The outcome kept Los Al in first place in the Sunset League with a 5-0-2 record. Two-time defending league champion Edison is second at 4-0-3.
"A very intense game, indeed. It always is with Los Alamitos," Edison Coach Kerry "Mac" Crooks said. "I told the girls ahead that being in these pressurized games is a privilege. It can only sharpen us for CIF, and since we have no control in the league standings other than our own games, we just have to take what we have learned and put it in our 'toolbox.'"
In other Sunset League games Tuesday, Marina and Huntington Beach battled to a scoreless tie, and Fountain Valley was upended, 2-1, by Newport Harbor.
Emma Walker had several crucial saves for Marina, which included stopping a header by Huntington's Lindsey Archer, in the Vikings' scoreless tie with the Oilers (8-4-4, 2-2-3 in league).
Kayla Perry, Kaitlin Andersen, Sami Swanson, Emily Vanasse, Nicole Salazar and Maddie Fitzpatrick created offensive opportunities for the Vikings.
"Our defense played extremely well together and our offense had several opportunities throughout the match," said Marina Coach Sarah Harding, whose team is 2-3-2 in league and 5-12-4 overall. "Kayla had a volley placed just inside the post that their keeper saved; both 'Michigan' (Andersen) and Nicole [Salazar] had a few dangerous opportunities, as well. Emma [Walker] made a great save off Archer's header."
"This was a well-fought battle by both sides that kept us all on the edge of our seats up until the last whistle."
Madison Gomez scored for Fountain Valley in its loss to the Sailors.
Edison, ranked seventh in Division 1, fell from a tie for the top spot on Jan. 17 after playing Huntington Beach to a 1-1 tie. On Monday, the Chargers picked up a 2-1 victory over Newport Harbor, getting two scores in the second half from Cerda.
In Sunset League action Jan. 21, Edison defeated Newport Harbor, 2-1, Marina fell, 3-1, to Los Al, and Huntington shut down Fountain Valley, 2-0. Cerda scored two second-half goals for Edison in its win, and Carolyn Archer and Dottie Rhoten scored for Huntington in its victory.
The Sunset schedule Thursday has Huntington playing host to Newport Harbor at 3 p.m., Edison playing at 3:15 p.m. at Marina, and Fountain Valley taking on host Los Al at 3:15 p.m. at Laurel School.
The league enters its final week next week. On Tuesday, Huntington plays at 3:15 p.m. at Los Alamitos, Marina is home at 3:15 p.m. to Newport Harbor, and Edison plays host to Fountain Valley at 5 p.m.
Ocean View: The Seahawks fell, 2-1, to Segerstrom in Golden West League play Tuesday.
Emma Malsy registered 18 saves for Ocean View which is 2-4-1 in league and 7-8-1 overall. The Seahawks play at 5 p.m. Thursday at Westminster. A victory by the Seahawks would move them into third place in the league standings.