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CdM has will to thrill

Los Alamitos dominates scoring opportunities, but Sea Kings come up large in shootout to advance to quarterfinals.

February 22, 2011|By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com
(Kent Treptow / Daily…)

CORONA DEL MAR — Lindsey Luke said she'd never been in a penalty-kick shootout that went that long.

There were 20 penalty kicks taken Tuesday afternoon at Corona del Mar High. Luke guessed right on a couple of Los Alamitos' attempts, but couldn't get to the ball in the corner.

Luke, the Sea Kings' senior goalie, had made more than her fair share of saves in regulation. She kept a cool hand throughout. On the Griffins' last attempt, all she had to do was look up.

The ball flew over the goal and Luke went to celebrate with her teammates. The Sea Kings survived, 8-7 in penalty kicks, after playing to a 1-1 tie in regulation and overtime in the CIF Southern Section Division I second-round match.

Corona del Mar will play at top-seeded San Clemente in a Division I quarterfinal Thursday. San Clemente topped Yucaipa, 3-0, in another second-round match.

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CdM (16-3-4) went first in the shootout against Los Alamitos (16-7-4). This bothered nobody on the Sea Kings as every make put more pressure on Los Alamitos, especially with the Wake Forest-bound Luke in goal.

"I like that pressure of [playing goalie] second," said Luke, who made 15 saves prior to the shootout. "I like that adrenaline rush. I didn't get any [PK saves] this game, but I guessed right on a couple. My team just followed through on everything. I'm so thankful that we just finished all of those PKs."

Sophomore Maddie O'Connor scored the final penalty-kick goal for CdM, which converted eight of its 10 attempts.

Junior Ally Brahs, who had scored CdM's goal in regulation in the 48th minute, also converted the first penalty kick for CdM. That was followed by makes from Annie Alvarado and Alana Hunter. CdM had a 3-1 lead as a Los Alamitos attempt went smack off the crossbar.

"All your fault!" chanted boisterous CdM student supporters, mostly members of the CdM boys' soccer team. The referee came over.

"Not another word until we're done," he told the boys.

Los Alamitos caught up when the Sea Kings' fourth attempt was saved on a dive to her left by Los Al goalie Amanda Sears. Each team converted its next three attempts, with Luke, Brittney Brown and Monica Venturini each scoring.

With the shootout score tied at 6-6, a CdM shot went right to Sears. The Griffins mistakenly rushed toward their goalie, thinking the game was over. But they still had to make another shot to clinch their win, and that shot trickled past the right post.

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