High School Roundup: CdM loses Gaal for season

Goalie picks up second red card of season in Sea Kings' 2-1 loss to Woodbridge in boys' soccer.

February 02, 2011


Woodbridge 2, Corona del Mar 1

IRVINE — The host Warriors scored on a penalty kick late in the first half to stay in outright first place in the Pacific Coast League Wednesday at Alton Park.

Corona del Mar junior goalie Connor Gaal was issued a red card for making contact with a Woodbridge player's face after that player knocked Gaal down, CdM senior midfielder Brian Ford said.


Gaal's mother, Heidi Neal, said in an e-mail that it's Connor's second red card of the season and he will miss the remainder of the season, including the CIF playoffs.

The Sea Kings (12-2-6, 5-2-1 in league) are without their backup goalie who has left the team, Ford said, so they put senior mid Nick Curci in goal. But Woodbridge scored on the penalty kick and hung on to win the game.

Ford scored on a header midway through the second half on a ball in from Greg Allen to knot the score, after Woodbridge (15-4-5, 6-0-2) had scored on a breakaway.

Corona del Mar's only two losses this year have been to Woodbridge.

The Sea Kings, ranked No. 6 in the CIF Southern Section Division III coaches' poll, play against University on Friday at 3:15 p.m. at Las Lomas Park.



Newport Harbor 4, Edison 2

NEWPORT BEACH — Senior goalie Sarah Wilkey had 15 saves, including a penalty-shot block as the Sailors won the crucial Sunset League match Wednesday night at Newport Harbor High.

Newport Harbor (16-4, 3-1 in league) takes over outright possesion of second place in league with one game to go. Edison falls to 2-2 in league.

Maddy McLaren had two goals for the Sailors, ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Division I coaches' poll. Kailyn Obenauer and Allyson Hall also scored, and the defense of Catherine Carpenter helped keep standout Alys Williams scoreless for Edison, ranked No. 8 in Division I.

Wilkey's penalty-shot block on Williams in the third quarter preserved what was at the time a one-goal lead for Newport Harbor.

The Sailors play at the Irvine Southern California Championships beginning today, opening with Cabrillo at 3 p.m. at CdM.


Corona del Mar 11, University 1

CORONA DEL MAR — Junior Pippa Saunders led the Sea Kings with four goals in the Pacific Coast League match Thursday at CdM.

Maddie Schwartz and Ally McCormick each scored twice for CdM (14-5, 4-0 in league), ranked No. 5 in Division I. Goalies Alex Musselman, Erica Weed and Anna Venturini combined for five saves.

CdM, which clinched at least a share of its 12th straight Pacific Coast League title, is in the Irvine Southern California Championships beginning today. The Sea Kings play Esperanza at 5 p.m. at CdM.



Godinez 55, Costa Mesa 51

COSTA MESA — Senior center Andrew Albers had 19 points and 12 rebounds, but the Mustangs were unable to recover from a slow start in the Orange Coast League game Wednesday at Costa Mesa High.

Costa Mesa trailed, 15-2, after the first quarter. Jordan Walden added 17 points for the Mustangs (10-13, 4-3 in league), who remain in third place in league.

Costa Mesa plays at Laguna Beach on Friday night.


Los Alamitos 57, Newport Harbor 30

LOS ALAMITOS — Senior center Cody Caldwell had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Sailors in the Sunset League game Wednesday at Los Alamitos High.

Newport Harbor (8-14, 0-7 in league) plays at first-place Edison on Friday night.

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