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CdM suffers first loss

Sea Kings’ 13-match unbeaten streak ends in overtime loss to University in Pacific Coast League.

January 15, 2010|By David Carrillo Peñaloza

CORONA DEL MAR — At one end of the Corona del Mar High boys’ soccer bench, Reed Williams stood and stretched out his right injured hamstring. On the other side, Brian Ford sat down and rubbed his sore right ankle.

The Sea Kings looked beat. They were unbeatable, until Friday.

First-year CdM Coach George Larsen figured this day would come. For the seventh-ranked team in the nation by ESPN RISE, the Sea Kings picked a wrong time to drop their first match of the season.

Injuries caught up to CdM in a Pacific Coast League showdown with University. The defending league champion Trojans ended the Sea Kings’ 13-match unbeaten streak with a 1-0 road victory in overtime.

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The loss stung CdM (12-1-1, 1-1-1 in league), which at times played without as many as five starters. One of those players was Williams.

The UCLA-bound senior missed his fifth straight match. The Trojans weren’t surprised Williams wasn’t able to play.

They delivered the real stunner late in the second five-minute overtime period.

Both sides played even, until University’s Austin Tabor tapped in the game-winner in the 88th minute with his left foot. The opportunity began on a short corner and it resulted in what Larsen called a “fluky” goal deep in the box.

In the most physical match of the season for both teams, University will take the luck. The Trojans are in first place in league at 2-0.

“These overtime games, they kill,” said University Coach Chip Fuller, whose team is 7-4-2 overall. “[That] somebody has to lose a game like that is really tough.

“It’s going to be a much harder-fought game, even next time we play [host to CdM on Feb. 3]. I don’t know [how] it can be much harder, but we’re going to be ready for it.”

The Sea Kings, ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Division IV coaches’ poll, are more concerned with their health than getting revenge.

Larsen said he’s unsure if Williams will be available next week, when CdM plays San Juan Hills and Beckman in league. He’s hoping the expected rain next week cancels both matches because other players are hurting as well.

Larsen can’t afford to lose more starters to injuries. Already gone for the season are Mason Case (fractured back) and Elliott Waniek (dislocated knee).

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