Sea Kings silenced

SOCCER: Corona del Mar lets 3-2 lead slip away and loses with two minutes left in overtime against Rio Mesa Friday.

February 27, 2009

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CORONA DEL MAR — Luis Reyes silenced them all, everyone on the Corona del Mar High sideline, the boys’ soccer players, the parents, the students and all the other athletes from other teams that came to watch a thrilling finish.

It was for a moment they all experienced a bit of Reyes’ world.

Reyes is deaf.

The quiet one from Rio Mesa of Oxnard remained silent after the 98-minute match, but had no reason to be devastated like Corona del Mar’s side. He scored the best goal of his life. Reyes knocked in a golden goal with two minutes left in the final overtime period, lifting Rio Mesa to a 4-3 victory in a quarterfinal of the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs Friday at CdM.


“It feels really great,” Reyes signed while a teammate translated of how it felt to end such an intense game. “I feel so happy.”

There was hardly any joy for the Sea Kings (8-8-4). Heading into overtime, which are two 10-minute periods, CdM Coach Pat Callaghan described his team as emotionally spent. That was mainly because the Sea Kings seemingly had the win slip through their hands.

Rio Mesa’s Josh Kent scored the equalizer to make it 3-3, with two minutes left in regulation.

“It seemed like just a muddled little play in the box,” Callaghan said of Kent’s goal. “The ball was bouncing and it just nipped in somehow, an off-speed finish, a misdirection type thing. The timing is tough. We were right there. You feel like the game is over and it’s in your hands. It’s so difficult to respond after that and to recover from that situation.”

Callaghan did say the Sea Kings continued to show a strong effort in overtime. CdM junior Paul Zubatov nearly scored on a header off a pass from sophomore Brian Ford with four minutes left in the second overtime period. The CdM defense turned away a handful of scoring chances, until Reyes finally broke through.

He won a 50-50 ball near CdM’s goal to set himself up with an open shot and he beat goalkeeper Zak Mauer-Erickson, one of the seniors who Callaghan said were key for the Sea Kings this season. Mauer-Erickson was a big reason the Sea Kings won at Santa Monica, 3-1, Wednesday, Callaghan said.

Mauer-Erickson also kept the Sea Kings in the game, making two big stops in overtime. He finished with eight saves.

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