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Boys' Soccer: CdM rises to blank Tars

Sea Kings surprise host Sailors in Battle of the Bay to earn first win, hand Newport first loss.

December 05, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Corona del Mar High's Conor Roche, second from right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring the first goal against Newport Harbor.
Corona del Mar High's Conor Roche, second from right,… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

NEWPORT BEACH — After two matches in the young season, the Corona del Mar High boys' soccer team searched for its first win. Coach George Larsen said the team lacked energy in both contests.

In the third match on the schedule, Larsen expected a turnaround. The Battle of the Bay always seems to bring out the best in the Sea Kings under Larsen.

The Sea Kings traveled to Newport Harbor on Wednesday and they ran away with a 3-0 win in the rivalry match.

"We just seemed like we woke up in general and it translated into a well-played game," said Larsen, who has led CdM to a 3-0-1 record against the Sailors in his four seasons in charge of the Sea Kings.

Eight minutes into the match, CdM (1-1-1) went ahead and never looked back.

Conor Roche, the team's leading goal scorer from last season, finally found the back of the net this season. After a corner kick, the senior striker knocked in a loose ball deep in the box with his foot.

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The goal matched CdM's total from its previous two matches. The goal also turned out to be the first of two for Roche against the Sailors.

One goal is all CdM really needed to hand Newport Harbor its first setback of the season. The Sea Kings' defense shut down the Sailors (2-1-0), who went into the evening having averaged three goals in their first two matches.

Defenders Jay Damon, Chris Von Der Ahe and Daniel McCabe stopped any Newport Harbor threat, making goalkeeper Hagen Truninger's night an easy one. Truninger only had to make a half-dozen saves to record the shutout.

The Sailors weren't at full strength.

Coach Juan Mares said Newport Harbor went into the match without a couple of standout players, midfielder Henry Ramirez and Robert Boullon, who has two goals. Mares said Ramirez, who trained with El Salvador's under-17 national team in the summer, hasn't been cleared to play because of a personal medical condition, and Boullon was out with an ingrown toenail.

"We just need someone to put [the ball] in the net," said Mares, who expects Ramirez and Boullon to return in time for Friday, when the Sailors open play in the two-day Irvine tournament.

The Sea Kings also start a two-day tournament on Friday. They open the JSerra tournament against the host school. Other schools in the tournament include Long Beach Millikan, the defending CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion, and Aliso Niguel, which reached the second round of the Division 1 playoffs last year.

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