IRVINE — Monica Venturini usually just crosses the ball for the Corona del Mar High girls' soccer team, giving a teammate a scoring opportunity.
On Thursday afternoon at Harvard Athletic Park, Venturini again had the ball at the top right side of the box.
This time, it was a shot, and the sophomore lofted it across the goal and into the net.
Venturini's first varsity goal helped the Sea Kings cross off an important Pacific Coast League victory, too, as they escaped with a 1-0 win over Beckman.
"I just thought I'd shoot it, since I always cross it," Venturini said of her left-footed strike in the 63rd minute. "I just kicked it as hard as I could. It went the exact amount that I needed it to."
Corona del Mar (10-2-4, 4-0-1 in league) stays in first place at the halfway point of league, a game ahead of Woodbridge (3-1-1 in league). Beckman (7-3-6, 3-2) falls into a tie for third place with Northwood.