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Girls' Soccer: CdM alone on top again

Sea Kings beat University, 3-0, to clinch third straight outright Pacific Coast League title.

February 08, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High's Jayden Smith (37) battles for a ball with University's Hanna Ghamari during a Pacific Coast League match for the title on Friday.
Corona del Mar High's Jayden Smith (37) battles… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

IRVINE — The Corona del Mar High girls' soccer team took much of the drama out of the match early.

The Sea Kings needed to win or tie Friday's rescheduled Pacific Coast League finale against University to capture their third straight outright league title. And, with first-half goals by sophomore Shelby Brown and junior Jayden Smith, Coach Bryan Middleton could feel comfortable at halftime.

Corona del Mar has not given up three goals in a match all year.

As it turns out, CdM is not giving up its perch atop the league either.

Senior captain Annie Alvarado also scored in the second half as the Sea Kings cruised, 3-0, at Irvine High. They claimed that third straight outright league title, and fourth league title in the past five years.

With their third league win of the week, they also showed they have momentum going into the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

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"We played to our game plan, the same way we've played the last four games," Middleton said. "It's been a total team effort. We're playing exactly how we like to play. Just keep possession of the ball, move it, go forward with pace and we'll get our opportunities. The biggest thing is, we've been finishing our opportunities. We've got our confidence back."

If University (10-5-4, 5-3-2 in league) had beaten CdM (15-3-4, 7-1-2 in league), the teams would have had a three-way tie for the title with Northwood (6-2-2 in league). Middleton said Northwood would have taken the top league designation for CIF due to its head-to-head record among the three teams, while CdM and University would have had a coin flip for the second designation.

CdM, ranked No. 6 in Division 1, made sure that didn't happen. Even better, the Sea Kings are getting healthy just in time for the CIF playoffs. University of Arizona-bound senior defender Alexa Mamatas (ankle) played nearly a half Friday, and Middleton said sophomore center back Brianna Westrup (knee) could be close to returning.

Brown and sophomore Elise Roche played on the back line against University.

"We all play really well together, me, Alexa and Brianna and Brynne [Motal]," said senior defender Alana Hunter, a team captain. "I think that having that back during CIF will definitely benefit the whole team, but we did really well with Shelby and Elise back there. They did a really good job. I just think we connect really well with each other."

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