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CdM, Northwood play to draw

Girls' Soccer

Nobody scores in physical game, so visiting Timberwolves stay in first place halfway through league.

January 23, 2014|By Matt Szabo

A physical game seems to be par for the course when the Corona del Mar High girls' soccer team meets up with Northwood.

Thursday afternoon's key Pacific Coast League match was no exception.

Both teams struggled to put together good scoring opportunities on CdM's rough and tumble pitch, and perhaps took it out on the opponent. There were four yellow cards issued in the match, two to each team.

In the end, the visiting Timberwolves were all right with the ensuing scoreless draw. It kept them in first place.

At the halfway mark of the league schedule, Northwood (3-0-2 in league) has eight points. Two points are awarded for a win, and one for a tie. CdM (7-4-3, 3-1-1 in league) stayed a point behind Northwood in second place. Woodbridge and Beckman are both 2-2-1 in league, tied for third.

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The three-time defending outright league champion Sea Kings know what they have to do in the final five games.

"This gives us motivation to battle for the second part of league," CdM Coach Bryan Middleton said. "We can't worry about Northwood now. We've got to take care of each game, one game at a time."

If the rivals can each win their next four games — hardly a sure thing in this league — then their league finale on Feb. 13 at Northwood would be for the league title.

The rivalry has certainly grown between the Sea Kings and Timberwolves. Last year, junior defender Brianna Westrup suffered a season-ending knee injury after she was kicked in the teams' first league meeting. In the second league meeting, Northwood handed CdM its only league loss of the year.

Westrup hit the ground on back-to-back plays in the second half Thursday as well. The first time, she said senior keeper Kendall Mulvaney was pushed into her on a corner kick. The second time, she said she was accidentally elbowed in the neck, which resulted in one of the two yellow cards for the visitors.

"It usually is [physical] with Northwood," said Westrup, a University of Virginia commit. "We're both very competitive teams, so it doesn't surprise me. It's always a challenging game against Northwood. Us two are usually pretty neck-and-neck through the whole league. It's not necessarily a rivalry like Battle of the Bay, but it's very close [to that]."

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