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Alvarado a leader for CdM

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Senior, a team captain, has bolstered Sea Kings with her dazzling play in the midfield.

December 29, 2012|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High senior midfielder Annie Alvarado is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.
Corona del Mar High senior midfielder Annie Alvarado… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

Annie Alvarado is a dominant center midfielder for the Corona del Mar High girls' soccer team, the way she weaves between defenders and creates scoring opportunities for herself and her teammates.

Alvarado usually leaves the opposition in the dust. But one place the UCLA-bound senior can't see herself leaving is the coast.

"I'm definitely a Southern California girl," she said. "I can't get out of here. I've got to be by the beach."

She makes waves with her play on the pitch. The Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week is one of four senior captains for CdM, along with midfielder Karsten Sigband, forward Maddie O'Connor and defender Alana Hunter.

Alvarado really makes CdM go. She has two goals and a team-best five assists in the early season for the Sea Kings. She has helped them achieve rankings of No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, and No. 3 in the state according to Elite Soccer Report.

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Missing several starters, CdM made the championship match of the North Orange County Classic white division on Saturday before falling to South Torrance, 1-0.

Alvarado, a Newport-Mesa Dream Team Co-Player of the Year and first-team All-CIF Division 1 performer last year, was one of the starters missing. She is dealing with a slight groin pull suffered in Thursday's win over Fountain Valley, which caused her to sit out the last three games of the tournament. Coach Bryan Middleton said he hopes she'll be back by the time Pacific Coast League play begins after CdM's winter break.

It's obvious why Middleton has his fingers crossed. Alvarado is one of the best players in the history of the school. Middleton said that in his 11-year coaching tenure at CdM, he's never had a midfielder like her.

"I mean, I've had a string of very good goalkeepers," Middleton said. "I've had many very intelligent and smart defenders in the back. I've had a few pure forwards over the years, they get the ball up top and they go to goal with speed and score. But to control the whole midfield and flow of the game like she does out of that position, and to keep possession for us? I don't have a former player to compare her to. She's kind of on a level all her own there."

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