CORONA DEL MAR — Jack Gorab texted back and forth with his mother in between flights to North Carolina last Friday.
While his Corona del Mar High boys' soccer team played that day, Gorab was en route with teammate Mason Case to an elite soccer camp at Duke University. They wanted updates on how the Sea Kings were doing.
Gorab's mother, Lisa, sent one last one. When Gorab and Case landed in North Carolina, they learned the final score.
The Sea Kings' 29-match unbeaten streak dating back to last season was over.
"Bummed," Gorab said is how he and Case felt when they read the text that Woodbridge pulled off a 3-2 Pacific Coast League upset at CdM, ranked No. 3 in the state by ESPN RISE at the time.
"I think it was good for us to come back and try even harder."
Two days after returning home, Gorab and Case had their opportunity to make a difference against University on Wednesday.