SAN CLEMENTE — The San Clemente High girls' soccer team planned to relentlessly attack Corona del Mar.
The Sea Kings planned to counterattack and possibly score on a set piece.
Both plans nearly worked in Thursday afternoon's CIF Southern Section Division I quarterfinal match at San Clemente High. Only the top-seeded Tritons move on.
San Clemente sophomore Danielle Mellem scored midway through the second half and the hosts held on to win, 1-0, ending Corona del Mar's season in the quarterfinals for the third straight year. The last two years were in Division II.
Corona del Mar (15-4-5) knew CIF would be challenging, moving up a division. San Clemente (18-2-7) has been a powerhouse in Division I, winning CIF five times in the last nine years. The Tritons are ranked No. 3 in the state by ESPN Rise; CdM is No. 12.
"Sea Kings are wanna-be Tritons" read a sign at the San Clemente stadium. But the proud Sea Kings and their defense led by Wake Forest-bound senior keeper Lindsey Luke didn't give an inch for much of the game.