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Sea Kings stay on top

Girls' Soccer

Sigband's free kick leads to Mamatas' goal and helps CdM remain alone atop Pacific Coast League.

January 17, 2012|By Matt Szabo
(Kevin Chang / Daily…)

COSTA MESA — Instead of the usual hand-slaps after the game, a few of the Corona del Mar High and Beckman girls' soccer players exchanged hugs after Tuesday night's Pacific Coast League match.

They had good reason. Four CdM players — senior defenders Amanda Stephenson and Sydney Raguse and junior midfielders Annie Alvarado and Karsten Sigband — play club soccer for Breakaway. Patriots juniors Nikki Martino, Natalie Rockwell and Kori Decker also play for the club.

Decker is the starting goalie for Beckman. She was the one at whom her club teammates, among other Sea Kings, peppered shots during Tuesday night's contest at Jim Scott Stadium.

Decker kept her team in it with 10 saves. CdM still earned the 1-0 win, as Alexa Mamatas' rebound goal in the 27th minute helped the Sea Kings stay undefeated in league.

Halfway through league play, CdM (16-1-1, 5-0 in league) is alone in first. The Sea Kings, ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division I, are seeking their second straight outright title.

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"We were pretty confident, because we've been winning a lot, but we know we can't mess around with Beckman," CdM junior forward Maddie O'Connor said. "They've always been really tough competition, and we know they really want to beat us. We just had to come out our hardest; we knew they were going to come out their hardest."

Nobody can seem to beat CdM, ranked No. 9 nationally by ESPNHS. Tuesday's win was the Sea Kings' 13th in a row. In that stretch, they've outscored opponents 30-1.

The victory over Beckman also marked the Sea Kings' 13th shutout of the season. They've allowed six goals all year behind a defense of Stephenson (George Mason), Raguse (Michigan), junior right back Alana Hunter and sophomore stopper Molly Keasey, plus goalies Sarah Cox (Stanford) and Kendall Mulvaney.

"We're just solid," said Alvarado, a UCLA commit. "[Raguse and Stephenson] play together in club, so they're used to each other. But Molly Keasey and Alana Hunter have mended really well with our formation."

The CdM home game was played at Estancia because CdM Coach Bryan Middleton said the CdM field isn't in great shape. The turf benefited the Sea Kings, as they dominated time of possession.

"Turf is definitely the best field for us," Alvarado said. "We like to keep it on the ground."

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