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Girls' soccer: CdM wins game, loses player

Westrup goes down with knee injury, but goals from Sigband and Roche help Sea Kings win PCL opener on the road.

January 10, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High's Karsten Sigband, left, goes up for a header against Northwood's Maren Martinez during a Pacific Coast League game at Northwood High on Thursday.
Corona del Mar High's Karsten Sigband, left, goes… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

IRVINE — The Corona del Mar High girls' soccer team had to take the bad with the good Thursday afternoon in its Pacific Coast League opener.

It was sunny at Northwood High, but it was also quite cold and windy at times.

And, though the Sea Kings opened league with a 2-0 victory over the Timberwolves, they also lost arguably one of their most important players.

Sophomore Brianna Westrup, the CdM center back, exited with a potentially serious right knee injury in the second half. The way the injury happened made the Sea Kings angry.

Westrup had been on the ground plenty throughout the game. Much of the time she was tangled up with Northwood junior Philine Qian. Westrup had earned a yellow card early in the first half. She complained when she ended up on the ground, but Qian earned the free kick.

The play in the second half was more egregious. Westrup had gained control of the ball and was ready to advance it up the field, before Qian appeared to kick her in the back of the knee. Westrup immediately fell to the ground in obvious pain, and was eventually carted off with a knee brace. Qian earned a red card and was ejected.

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"For [Westrup] to be in that much pain, it probably will be something pretty serious," CdM Coach Bryan Middleton said. "She's a very tough individual."

Middleton told his players they needed to slap hands with Northwood after the game, even if they didn't necessarily want to do so. But Northwood assistant coach Tom Lancaster said he didn't think his player meant any harm on the play.

"It was a forward's challenge, chasing after she lost the ball," Lancaster said. "I don't think there was any malice there. I think she was trying to get the ball, and it was a poorly timed challenge in the end ... I first thought it would be a yellow card, but obviously the ref gave a straight red. The main thing is that [Westrup] is all right."

CdM already came into the game short-handed, still missing senior captain Annie Alvarado (groin) and junior Molly Keasey (Achilles). Freshman goalkeeper Kat Hess is in Las Vegas at the Region IV Olympic Development Program championships.

Middleton said all three players should be back next week for CdM, the two-time defending outright league champion. The Sea Kings (9-2-2, 1-0 in league), ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, found the going tough early in Thursday's match.

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