CORONA DEL MAR — It might be hard to believe, but Coach George Larsen at one time almost went to someone other than Jack Gorab to take free kicks.
That was last week at Corona del Mar High, where the rain played a role in Gorab's errant balls on set pieces in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs.
The weather was much better Wednesday and so were the balls Gorab kicked in the second round.
The junior gave the Sea Kings the momentum two minutes before halftime against Santa Ana Valley. Gorab scored on a beautiful free kick from 30 yards out that found the upper-left corner of the net and broke a tie and CdM never looked back, beating the Falcons, 4-2, to advance to the quarterfinals.
Gorab and the Sea Kings (15-2-7) now must travel 200 miles to face their next opponent Friday. The destination is Santa Maria and the match is at 3 p.m.