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Sea Kings shut out Lightning

December 19, 2002

Bryce Alderton

Before Wednesday's nonleague boys soccer game, Sage Hill High

Coach Noureddine El Alam said Corona del Mar would be one of the

toughest opponents the Lightning face this season.

The Sea Kings (4-1) played the part with their experience and

quickness, giving the Lightning (4-1-1) its first loss of the season

in shutout fashion, 7-0, at CdM High.

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Corona scored five second-half goals to break the game open.

Corona junior forwards Julien Cerutti and Danny Whitaker each scored

two goals with Brandon Barrett, Chris Ringstrom and Ryan Tamez

tallying single goals for the victors.

CdM fired 44 shots to Sage Hill's four. Cerutti sent 11 shots on

Lightning goalkeeper Trevor Granger, who made 16 saves before giving

way to Ethan Tanney for the final 10 minutes.

"We didn't score too many goals in the first half, but we

eventually took advantage of it," said CdM Coach Pat Callaghan about

Sage Hill's defensive scheme. "I told them at halftime that (Sage

Hill's) defenders were packing it in toward the back so we tried to

utilize space to open things up a little more. We concentrated on

more movement and getting the balls in early behind the defense and

bring players in to challenge on goal."

Callaghan's strategy paid off in the first minute after halftime.

Senior Ryan Tamez, running along the right side of the field toward

the 18-yard box, took a pass kicked from the midfield area and

blasted the ball into the right side of the net to increase Corona's

cushion to 3-0.

The Sea Kings would score 16 minutes later on a 2-on-1 break.

Junior Dominic Rubino crossed left to a wide-open Brandon Barrett

standing at the corner of the 18-yard box and the sophomore

midfielder promptly kicked the ball into the net for a 4-0 Sea King

lead.

Any intensity and determination Sage Hill had to that point was

gone following Barrett's goal, El Alam said.

"We gave up after their fourth goal and that's the only thing I'm

worried about," El Alam said. "(CdM) has great players, but this game

is more psychological than anything else. Usually we put in the best

efforts against the good teams and that was my hope today but it

didn't happen. This is a good squad and we will do well this season.

The kids like each other."

Sage Hill junior fullback Braden Barnett shouted words of

encouragement to his teammates despite the 6-0 deficit at one point

in the second half.

"Come on guys let's not give up," Barnett said. "We have only a

short time left so let's make the most of it."

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