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Girls' Soccer: Another crazy win for Corona del Mar

Mulvaney comes up big in shootout, lifting Sea Kings past Fountain Valley in CIF opener.

February 21, 2014|By Matt Szabo

Corona del Mar High senior girls' soccer goalie Kendall Mulvaney said she knew Fountain Valley was going to shoot to the right — her left — in the shootout.

It worked the first time the teams played, in late December when the Barons won a consolation game at the North Orange County Classic via shootout.

But Friday night at Jim Scott Stadium, Mulvaney, the four-year varsity player, was ready.

And, while CdM surely has a long way to go on its quest for its first-ever CIF title, the Sea Kings just as surely have been giving their fans their money's worth in the last three games.

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Mulvaney got low to block the final penalty kick at the end near the right post, helping CdM win the CIF Southern Section Division 1 first-round playoff game in the shootout, 4-3, after the Sea Kings and Barons played to a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime.

She was immediately mobbed by members of both her team and the CdM boys' soccer team, who were watching the shootout near the west goal of the stadium.

"Are we making a documentary or movie or something?" CdM Coach Bryan Middleton wondered aloud after his team moved on with yet another suspenseful victory, similar to the 2-1 win over Beckman and 3-2 comeback victory over Northwood last week that propelled CdM (12-5-4) to its fourth straight Pacific Coast League title. "My head hurts."

CdM will play Upland, the second-place team from the Baseline League, in the second round on Wednesday. The site will be determined via a coin flip on Saturday.

Fountain Valley (12-6-7), an at-large team from the Sunset League, seemed to have the advantage in the shootout with the way that junior keeper Alison Marlow was playing in regulation. She made 10 saves, a couple of them spectacular. And, after CdM's Shelby Brown scored the first penalty kick goal in the shootout and Fountain Valley answered, Marlow blocked the shot of CdM senior Miranda Stiver.

But not so fast. Mulvaney protested to the referee that Marlow had left her line early, and the referees agreed after conferring. Stiver scored on her second-chance effort.

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