Boys' Soccer: Shocking loss for CdM

Sea Kings stunned after giving up two late goals in second round of CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.

February 25, 2014|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Corona del Mar High's Jake Kim leaves the field as Anaheim celebrates a goal in a sudden-death overtime win during a second round CIF Southern Section Division III playoff game on Tuesday.
Corona del Mar High's Jake Kim leaves the field as… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

ANAHEIM — When the Corona del Mar High boys' soccer team showed up at Anaheim, the uneven field, with patches of grass, looked like the one the Sea Kings play on at home. Anaheim Coach Joe Chavez learned his team wasn't the only one in Orange County that plays on a poor field.

"We're used to this," CdM Coach George Larsen told Chavez, who said he began to think, "Oh gosh! It might play in their favor."

While the Sea Kings played on the road in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs on Tuesday, they were 3 minutes away from getting the type of result they do at home. The Sea Kings never dropped a home match this season.

The field at Anaheim might have been comparable to CdM's, but the Sea Kings weren't the hosts. They were the visitors and they found out how tough it is to close out an away postseason match.


Anaheim's Eric Juarez tied the match in the 78th minute with a header off a corner kick, forcing overtime. The Sea Kings heard from Juarez once more, as his golden goal in the 87th minute lifted Anaheim to a 2-1 upset win and to the quarterfinals for the first time in five seasons.

Juarez's second goal also came off a corner kick and it ended CdM's season in the second round for the third straight season. The Sea Kings (15-4-4) suffered their first setback since Dec. 27.

They went unbeaten during their Pacific Coast League title run. This wasn't how it was supposed to end, not for 25 seniors on a CdM team entering the playoffs ranked No. 7 in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 poll.

As Juarez and his Anaheim teammates celebrated a come-from-behind victory, the Sea Kings collapsed on the field. They looked on in disbelief. What did them in were two corner kicks, the first by Francisco Santana, and the second by Eliot Carillo.

Juarez knocked in Santana's with his head, and Carillo's, he put it away with his left foot. As Chavez put it, Juarez always seems to find the ball on corner kicks, and most of the time, he finishes.

"We never lost hope," said Juarez, who mostly played midfield against CdM. "Teamwork got us to the quarters."

Juarez helped Anaheim (12-6-7), the second-place team from the Orange League, advance to Thursday's quarterfinal at Arcadia (12-9-4), an at-large entry from the Pacific League. The senior took advantage of the Sea Kings' glaring weakness.

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