Sigband a big piece for Sea Kings

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Senior midfielder, who is effective on set pieces, helped CdM win third straight league title.

February 15, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High senior girls' soccer player Karsten Sigband is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.
Corona del Mar High senior girls' soccer player… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

Do not underestimate the intensity of a high school senior at the end of the athletic season, trying to extend his or her prep career as long as possible.

For Corona del Mar High senior Karsten Sigband, the end of the girls' soccer season means just a bit more.

Growing up playing soccer, the center midfielder always was one of the top players. She never envisioned the past few years going as they have. She thought she'd be playing collegiate soccer for sure.

CdM has at least five college commits or signees, but Sigband is not one of them. Injuries took their toll on her recruiting process.

She missed her sophomore season at CdM with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. She came back strong last year, earning Newport-Mesa Dream Team honors, but suffered another injury in March at the start of the club season. This time, it was a high ankle sprain, which caused Sigband to miss a big showcase in Las Vegas.


"All my schools were coming out, flying out to watch me," she said. "A bunch of [Ivy League schools] were coming out, and obviously I couldn't play so they couldn't see me. It's really hard for them to come to the California events."

Academics are also important to Sigband, who said she has a 4.4 grade-point average at CdM and applied to 15 colleges. She plans to study business in college, but she has accepted the fact that she likely won't be playing soccer at the NCAA level.

"I definitely think [this year] is way more significant," Sigband said. "These are some of my last games of soccer. I have to enjoy every game I play. I have to make sure I'm not taking it for granted."

Sigband also is trying to help CdM, which has never won a section title in the sport, make history. She has stepped up her play at the end of the season for the Sea Kings (16-3-4), who play host to Esperanza on Tuesday in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

The Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week doubled her season scoring total in just two games. She had a hat trick in a 6-2 Pacific Coast League win at Woodbridge on Feb. 5. Two days later, she scored on a free kick in a 3-0 victory over Beckman.

The wins were crucial for the Sea Kings. They then clinched their third straight outright league title with their third win of the week, a 3-0 decision over University at Irvine High.

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