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Boys' Soccer: Kim lifts Sea Kings

Senior forward scores twice to lead CdM to 3-0 win against Glendale in first round of CIF Division 3 playoffs.

February 20, 2014|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Jake Kim scored two goals for Corona del Mar High in its 3-0 win against Glendale in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs on Thursday.
Jake Kim scored two goals for Corona del Mar High in its… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

On the surface, Corona del Mar High's 3-0 win in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 boys' soccer playoffs looks like an easy win.

It was far from that on Thursday.

Glendale, traveling a long distance for the second time in three days during the postseason, made it hard on the Sea Kings through most of the match, until the hosts scored two late goals. A goal on a penalty kick and one on a 35-yard free kick doomed Glendale's chances of coming back again in the playoffs.

"I'm not that pleased with the overall play," CdM Coach George Larsen said. "I was pleased with the effort. We competed really hard. We struggled in stretches. [The Nitros] were good. They exposed us a little bit for not quite being as sharp as we wanted to be."

The Sea Kings performed at their best at the start and at the end, proving to be enough for the Pacific Coast League champions to meet Anaheim (11-5-6) in the second round on Tuesday. A coin flip on Friday decides who plays host to the match. Anaheim, the Orange League runner-up, defeated Kennedy, 3-2, in overtime on Thursday.

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Jake Kim helped CdM (15-3-4) move on by producing his first goal in the first two minutes and his second goal in the final two minutes.

Kim, a senior forward, created most of CdM's scoring chances. He put away his first one after a scrum in the box, where goalkeeper Ervin Vartoomian stopped the first two initial shots. With the inside part of his right foot, Kim, from four yards out, tapped the ball in to put CdM up.

The first 5 minutes belonged to the Sea Kings, and in the fifth minute, Kim almost scored again. From the right, he dribbled in, before blasting a shot right at Vartoomian, who defended the near post.

Vartoomian, who finished with eight saves, kept it close for the Nitros, in hopes of trying to rally for the second time in the playoffs and force a second straight overtime. The Nitros, a fourth-place team from the Pacific League, went to Vista Murrieta on Tuesday and pulled out a 3-2 win in the wild-card round.

Corona del Mar's back line, featuring Jay Damon and Daniel McCabe, never allowed Glendale (10-11-2) to even things up, improving the Sea Kings' record to 6-0-1 at home.

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