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Girls' Soccer: CdM moves on

Sea Kings win physical match against dangerous Los Osos side, advancing to CIF Division 1 second round.

February 14, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High's Miranda Stiver, far left, gets hugged by Alana Hunter after scoring a goal.
Corona del Mar High's Miranda Stiver, far left,… (Don Leach, Daily…)

COSTA MESA — Two proud girls' soccer programs met on the pitch Thursday afternoon at Jim Scott Stadium.

Corona del Mar is trying to win its first CIF Southern Section title in the sport. Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos won the Division 2 title last year before being moved up to Division 1.

It was just a first-round match, but the Sea Kings knew Los Osos, an at-large entry from the Baseline League, would be tough.

"Even first-round games, there's no gimmes in Division 1 girls' soccer," CdM Coach Bryan Middleton said. "It was a tough draw for us, and a tough draw for them."

Middleton's squad definitely showed its toughness in the physical match, and it moves on.

Miranda Stiver scored a first-half goal for CdM and Annie Alvarado added a second-half penalty kick as the Sea Kings won, 2-0.

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CdM (16-3-4), the Pacific Coast League champion, moves on to play Esperanza in the second round Tuesday. Esperanza beat Huntington Beach, 4-0, in another first-round match.

The host of the second-round match will be determined Friday morning by coin flip.

Los Osos (14-8-4) was a bit down this year. The Grizzlies finished fourth in their tough league and their longtime coach, Mychal Armstrong, was fired last month. But all it takes is one goal to turn one match around.

However, the Sea Kings earned their fifth straight win and third straight shutout behind defense from captain Alana Hunter, Alexa Mamatas, Shelby Brown and Brynn Motal. Goalies Kendall Mulvaney and Kat Hess only had to combine for four saves. CdM was able to contain speedy junior Victoria Bolden, easily Los Osos' leading scorer with 11 goals.

Bolden's best chance came near the end, when she got separation in front of the net, but her shot was high.

"We fought for every ball 100%," said Mamatas, bound for the University of Arizona. "We made sure we had each other's back and defended well together. [Bolden] was hard to mark. I was nervous to go up against her, but I knew that if we went out hard and shut her down in the beginning, then we had more of a chance against her."

CdM took the lead in the 30th minute, after junior Jayden Smith played the ball in front to Vassar College-bound senior forward Emily Krebs. The ball deflected off a defender and went to Stiver in the left side of the box. The Oregon State commit found the mark, scoring her sixth goal of the season and giving the Sea Kings a 1-0 halftime lead.

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