Eagles surprise with tie

Girls' Soccer

CdM dominates possession, but Estancia takes momentum from draw after refusing to give up go-ahead goal.

December 06, 2011|By Matt Szabo
(Don Leach / Daily…)

COSTA MESA — As the referee blew his whistle to signify the end of the match, smiles broke out on the Estancia High girls' soccer sideline.

No wild celebration, mind you, but smiles nonetheless.

The fact that the score was tied didn't matter. To the Eagles, Tuesday evening's 1-1 draw with interdistrict opponent Corona del Mar at Jim Scott Stadium felt like a win.

Coaches do not usually talk about breakthroughs after ties. But when you're Estancia Coach Jessica Perry (formerly Gatica) and your team has lost to CdM in each of your first three years, you might think differently.

"Last year it was 5-0, the year before it was 3-0 and my first year it was 1-0," said Perry, who married Estancia teacher and girls' golf coach Jeff Perry in October. "Progressively we've had worse and worse scores playing them. This is a big moral victory for us.

"They're a very talented team that I think will do great. We just had a great day today and pulled together as a team. Everything a coach could ask for, as far as heart and determination and never giving up, happened today. It all just kind of clicked together. Hopefully this is the beginning of a giant step in the right direction that we're taking together."


It's not like the Eagles (1-1-1) caught CdM (0-0-1) in a down year. The Sea Kings have six Division I recruits on their team. They went into their season opener ranked No. 5 in the CIF Southern Section Division I coaches' poll. CdM is also ranked No. 4 in the nation in the Powerade Fab 50 poll, among the eight states that have girls' soccer as a winter sport.

The Sea Kings dominated time of possession on the pitch Tuesday. The Eagles were opportunistic.

Eleven minutes into the game senior Heather Flores delivered a beautiful cross into the box. The ball appeared to brush off the crossbar — and the hand of CdM goalie Kendall Mulvaney — before landing on the goal-line. Estancia senior forward Mariah Chapin tapped it in.

The 5-foot-1 Flores is a four-year varsity player for the Eagles. She knows how much Tuesday's game meant.

"Even though we're tiny, we all were working really hard just to keep up with them, and go out hard at every ball we possibly could," Flores said. "I was just hoping to have a hard defense and play our hardest. To come out with a tie is pretty much the same as coming out with a win to us, after the past three years."

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