Matt Francini missed high school boys' soccer at Corona del Mar.
One match is all he played in his junior season. A commitment with an academy team in Irvine barred him from playing for the Sea Kings.
So, what did Francini do? He left the academy team.
He missed CdM soccer that much.
He decided to return to the Sea Kings for his senior year for three reasons, to represent his school, to have fun, and to lead his team.
Five other seniors decided not to join him. The five opted to go the route Francini went the previous season and play for their academy teams, rather than their high school team at CdM.
"Initially, I was bummed because those are the same kids I've been playing with for a long time," said Francini, who also understood why his former teammates stayed with their academy teams. "Academy was a great experience."