Sea Kings sensational

Gorab helps Corona del Mar beat Santa Ana Valley in CIF Division III second round Wednesday.

February 23, 2011|By David Carrillo Pe├▒aloza,
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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.


The road trip is one Gorab is looking forward to making.

"It's fun going on the road. Everyone loves it," said Gorab, whose team is facing a Santa Maria team that finished tied for second place in the competitive Los Padres League.

"It is a bit of a drag because these are such long drives, but it's always fun going to someone else's place and trying to beat them."

The Sea Kings are trying to win their second straight section title after claiming the Division IV crown last season. They had to get through a Division III section finalist in Santa Ana Valley to keep their postseason run alive.

Gorab made sure of it with his goal that gave CdM a 2-1 lead in the 38th minute. He also assisted on another goal in the 72nd minute, which crushed any hope the young Falcons had of tying the match.

On a corner kick, Gorab sent a ball toward Mason Case, who broke free from a screen. Case got his head on the ball deep in the box and quickly flicked it in to put the Sea Kings up, 4-2.

The goal total was the Sea Kings' best since Jan. 28, when they scored four goals. Larsen was glad to see the team produce scoring chances and finish them.

"In the last game, we only scored on a set piece," said Larsen, referring to the 1-0 first-round win against Garey of Pomona last Friday. "We didn't get anything on the run of play, so us scoring in the run of play was definitely something we talked about doing."

Jake Maxwell delivered for CdM three minutes into the match.

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