One day, the Corona del Mar High boys' soccer team welcomes back three standout players and the Sea Kings win easily.
A couple days later, the Sea Kings said goodbye for the season to two of them and so long for at least a week to the other.
Winning will not be as easy for the team ranked No. 3 in the state by ESPN RISE without Jack McBean, Matt Francini and Grady Howe.
The three players are gone for three different reasons. The losses will affect whether the Sea Kings can repeat last season's historic run to CIF Southern Section and CIF Southern California Regional titles.
George Larsen, in his second season at CdM, understood two of the losses. McBean left for Florida after the sophomore striker accepted an invitation to earn a roster spot on the U.S. under-17 national team at this summer's World Cup. He had eight goals and 11 assists for CdM as a freshman, on his way to earning second-team All-CIF Division IV honors.