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Girls' Soccer: CdM wins pool at tourney

Sea Kings blank Pacifica and Fountain Valley, moving forward at North Orange County tournament.

December 27, 2012|By Matt Szabo

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — They hadn't played in a week, so there could have been rust.

They were missing three starters due to family holiday trips, so there could have been apprehension.

But the Corona del Mar High Sea Kings just keep on rolling.

The CdM girls' soccer team won its three-team pool at the North Orange County Classic on Thursday. The Sea Kings beat Pacifica, 1-0, before topping Fountain Valley, 2-0, at St. Margaret's High.

Corona del Mar (8-1) plays against St. Margaret's at 11 a.m. Friday, back at St. Margaret's. A win would place the Sea Kings in a tournament "white division" semifinal at 5 p.m. Friday, at La Mirada High.

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The white division championship is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at La Mirada. The Sea Kings, ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 1 and No. 3 in the state by Elite Soccer Report, appear to have a good shot to be there. They are also ranked No. 1 in Orange County by the Orange County Register.

Coming off a breakthrough year that included being the top seed in the Division 1 playoffs, Coach Bryan Middleton's club is playing with a lot of confidence.

"'Mids' told us to forget last year," said junior forward Miranda Stiver, who scored CdM's first goal against Fountain Valley. "We're just going to start a clean slate. I think that's how the team feels. We know that there's expectations for us, but to us, all we have to do is get on the field and win. It doesn't really matter what happened last year. Honestly, it's great, but it's pretty irrelevant when we're on the field now. We just try to look forward and win games, and count on each other to do that. I think the team we have now is amazing, and we'll do just as good or better."

Stiver, an Oregon State commit, helped CdM get on top against the Barons. She took a pass from her future Pac-12 Conference foe, UCLA-bound senior midfielder Annie Alvarado, before firing a shot in near the left post in the 11th minute. It was the team-leading fourth goal for Stiver, and team-leading fifth assist for Alvarado.

"We do a lot of really short connecting, and I think that works best for our team when we do that," Stiver said. "Annie gave me an amazing ball, like a little tiny toe-poke. It was at the top of the 18 and I saw the back post was open, so I just took the shot. And it went in, so I was happy."

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