CORONA DEL MAR — The players on the Corona del Mar High girls' soccer team have numbers on the back of their jerseys, but maybe nametags on the front might also have been appropriate Tuesday.
Several of the Sea Kings have had club commitments the past couple of weeks. Coach Bryan Middleton said the nonleague season opener against visiting Costa Mesa was the first time he's had his whole squad assembled.
"This is the first time we've come together as a team this year," Middleton said after CdM captured a 6-1 victory. "I had 11 girls gone for club this last week. It's good to get together."
There were no team chemistry issues as the Sea Kings found the back of the net six times. Senior midfielder McKenzie Brown tallied half of that total, starting the season strong with a hat trick.
Brown was deadly near the top of the 18-yard box. She showed off a strong left foot from that spot on her final goal, pounding a shot into the lower-left corner of the net.