CORONA DEL MAR — There was no scoreboard for the Battle of the Bay in girls' soccer at Corona del Mar High. Seventy minutes into the match against Newport Harbor, fans asked for the score.
They just had to look at Newport Harbor goalkeeper Emily Brown's jersey to find out. The junior wore double zero and she played a major role in keeping the match scoreless at that point.
Both offenses were as cold as the conditions Tuesday.
Then in the final 10 minutes, CdM heated up offensively. The Sea Kings scored three goals to win, 3-1, and avenge last season's loss to Newport Harbor.
"It took us about 80 minutes before we actually woke up for this soccer game," said Coach Bryan Middleton, whose Sea Kings appeared headed for their third straight scoreless tie. "I don't know if it was just the jitters of the Battle of the Bay, or a letdown from how well we played at the [Butch Lee Memorial Classic in San Diego last week, when we tied Santa Margarita, which is ranked No. 3 in the country by ESPN RISE].