Different CdM team ties rival Newport

Boys' Soccer

Battle of the Bay features new-look Sea Kings, who are without key players because of commitment to an academy team.

December 07, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Kevin Chang / Daily…)

CORONA DEL MAR — George Larsen missed Corona del Mar High's opener last week because of an academy commitment in Florida.

On Wednesday, he returned to the sideline at CdM to a completely different boys' soccer team than the one he coached a year ago.

Some of his former stars, Mason Case, Jack Gorab, Connor Gaal and Greg Allen, even Jack McBean, the player who signed a pro contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy after playing one match as a sophomore last season, showed up to support Larsen and CdM.

Larsen sure could have used the teenagers in street clothes against Newport Harbor.

Larsen said Case, Gorab, Gaal and Allen aren't available for their senior season because they decided to play with their academy team, the Mission Viejo Pateadores, which Larsen coaches. McBean is no longer eligible to play on the high school level, well, because he's a pro now.


"It's a rebuilding year," Larsen said with a smile before the match.

The last time CdM and Sailors met in the Battle of the Bay was last year. The Sea Kings thumped the Sailors, 4-0.

The outcome wasn't the same this time around, as Newport Harbor tied CdM, 1-1.

The Sailors are unbeaten in their first three matches of the young season, starting 1-0-2.

Two matches into the season, the Sea Kings are winless. In the past two years, CdM lost a combined four matches.

The Sea Kings (0-1-1) are a different team in Larsen's third year in charge.

"It's a new chapter in CdM soccer," said Larsen, who led the program to the CIF Southern Section Division IV title and CIF Southern California Regional Division II title in his first season, then the semifinals of the section playoffs in his second season.

"We have a lot of new faces. We got younger."

Helping the Sea Kings' cause early on against the Sailors was a young player.

Max Premer, a sophomore, scored a goal two minutes into the match.

Another CdM opportunity was created by a senior, Jake Maxwell, with the help of a defender. The defender took down Maxwell in the box and the Sea Kings earned a penalty kick in the 16th minute.

Newport Harbor goalie Rudy Reyes kept it a one-goal match. He dove to his left and stopped Connor Roche's PK.

The rest of the match featured sloppy play and many fouls.

The biggest mistake committed by CdM resulted in Newport Harbor tying the match three minutes into the second half.

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