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CdM regroups after losing three stars

December 13, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com

The CdM defense turned in a strong outing against Loyola, which is ranked No. 14 in the state. The Cubs did not record a shot on goal in the second half, allowing goalkeeper Connor Gaal to blank the opposition for the fourth time this season.

"We're strong defensively," said Larsen, who along with Gaal, has defenders Jack Gorab and Greg Allen playing well. "Instead of having a [robust] lineup, and letting it do its thing, we have to be more strategic and create opportunities on the field.

"I think with the three kids … we were a clear-cut favorite [to win section and regional titles], along with a couple of other schools. Now, we still have a talented team, but we obviously lost some of our firepower. We look to improve and we will not put our head down. We will be focused and move forward."

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CdM doesn't have much time to dwell on the recent departures.

Next up for CdM are two tough matches. The Sea Kings travel to Mater Dei on Wednesday for a nonleague match at 3:15 p.m. Two days later, CdM plays host to Santa Ana Valley, ranked No. 18 in the state, at 3:15 p.m.

CdM and Costa Mesa are the area's two boys' soccer teams ranked in the recent CIF Southern Section coaches' polls. The Sea Kings are No. 1 in Division III, while the Mustangs are No. 9 in Division IV.

The Sage Hill School boys' basketball team cracked the CIF Southern Section Division V-AA preseason coaches' poll at No. 13.

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