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Girls' Soccer: CdM opens with draw

Sea Kings play well, show off new uniforms in road game at El Toro.

December 10, 2013|By Matt Szabo
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

LAKE FOREST — Wearing all-black uniforms is a new thing for the Corona del Mar High girls' soccer team.

"It's sick," senior forward Miranda Stiver said of the uniform the Sea Kings wore Tuesday night, which featured baby blue trim and white numbers. "I love it."

Stiver said CdM has four new jerseys and three new colors of shorts. There will be no shortage of accessorizing options for CdM.

"That's a really nice thing for the season," Stiver said. "I think the girls are really excited for that, especially for our senior year."

The style department wasn't the only thing that showed promise for the Sea Kings in their season opener at El Toro. CdM dominated the scoring opportunities, though the Sea Kings eventually had to settle for a scoreless tie.

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Stiver, an Oregon State commit, created a handful of scoring chances from right forward, particularly in the first half. She is one of three Division 1 college commits for CdM, a list which also includes senior goalkeeper Kendall Mulvaney (University of Denver) and junior defender Brianna Westrup (University of Virginia).

Each played critical roles for CdM (0-0-1) against El Toro (2-0-3). But the Sea Kings, who are expected to be without four projected starters at least until league begins, also showed their depth.

As importantly to Stiver, they showed their enthusiasm.

"The soccer will come, but the work ethic and the heart and the desire were all there," she said. "That's what's really important, especially for our first game of the season. We can work on our possession and our free kicks and all of that stuff, but you can't really teach girls to put 100% in. That was a really good sign for today, and I'm really proud of us. We all worked so hard, and I think that's a really, really good sign for the season to come."

Out of CdM's four missing starters, Coach Bryan Middleton hopes to get three of them back before the season ends. The one who is most likely lost for the season is junior defender Brynn Motal (ACL), a Newport-Mesa Dream Team and third-team All-CIF selection a year ago.

Motal was one of four CdM players, along with Westrup, Stiver and Shelby Brown, who was on the Slammers FC Under-16 girls' team that finished as Elite Clubs National League finalists last July in Virginia.

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