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By Matt Szabo | February 25, 2014
Estancia High senior Abarham Cortez has been stepping up lately for the Eagles boys' soccer team. In three CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoff games, Cortez has three goals. On Tuesday evening at Jim Scott Stadium, he also had an 18th birthday that he won't soon forget. It featured a cold ice water bath courtesy of his teammates, but Cortez didn't mind. Cortez scored the game-winning goal in the 64th minute as the Eagles upset No. 3-seeded Apple Valley Granite Hills, 2-1, in a Division 5 second-round match.
By Barry Faulkner | February 25, 2014
The letters across the Pasadena Poly boys' soccer team's warmup tops spelled out Polytechnic Soccer. Pyrotechnic Soccer might have been more fitting on Tuesday, when the visiting Panthers exploded for two goals in the first eight minutes and went on to record a 4-0 victory over Sage Hill in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 playoffs. The four goals were double the previous best output by a Sage Hill opponent this season and represented more than 50% of the total tallies (seven)
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 25, 2014
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.
By Matt Szabo | February 21, 2014
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.
February 21, 2014
GIRLS' SOCCER Sage Hill 2, Vasquez 0 ACTON — Claire Novotny and Juliette Singarella scored for the Lightning in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs Friday. Taylor assisted on Novotny's goal that came in the 24th minute. Julia Lowe had the assist on Singarella's goals in the 72nd minute. Tiffany Taylor and Rachael Jaffe stood out on defense for Sage Hill (13-5-4), while goalkeeper Kekai Whitford made four saves. Sage Hill had 11 shots on goal.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 20, 2014
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.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 14, 2014
It's rare to see Kevin Pizarro get embarrassed on a soccer field. He's that talented as a player. Yet, embarrassed is how Pizarro said he felt when during a December practice he lined up with the rest of his Estancia High teammates. As the Eagles prepared to wrap things up, Coach Robert Castellano introduced them to a special guest, Gannon Burks. Burks used to run the program for six seasons, before Castellano succeeded him four seasons ago. When Burks led the Eagles, players held a high opinion of themselves in the first couple of seasons.
By Barry Faulkner | February 13, 2014
The Sage Hill boys' soccer team came within about 90 seconds of an unbeaten regular season and a share of the Academy League championship Thursday. But first-year coach Gabriel Lucatero said following the Lightning's heartbreaking 1-0 loss to visiting St. Margaret's that his team may have taken away a memento that will serve them even better moving forward. "It does sting and I told them I was just as bothered by the loss as they were," Lucatero said after his team gave up the game-winning goal early in the 79th minute of the battle between teams that both entered the regular-season-ending showdown 10-0-1 in league play.
By Matt Szabo | February 13, 2014
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - The goalie save by Sage Hill junior Kekai Whitford early in the second half Thursday night, one of her 12 in the game, was unbelievable. Whitford dived forward to stop the cross from the right from Grace Chalmers of St. Margaret's. On the ground, she somehow threw her body in front of a rebound attempt by the Tartans' Sarah Gencarella. "That was probably one of the best high school saves I've seen in a long time, and I've been coaching for 29 years," St. Margaret's Coach Johnny Marmelstein said after the game.
By Hannah Fry | February 13, 2014
Residents of Costa Mesa's Monticello and Newport Landing communities are facing off with Vanguard University over what they say is excessive use of the school's soccer field. Bright field lights, early morning and late-evening play, noise, music and parking are among the annoyances they ascribe to the Costa Mesa-based youth soccer club using the complex. Vanguard last year entered into a 10-year joint-use agreement, with the option to extend to 20, with Pateadores, allowing the group to use the university's soccer field on Vanguard Way, said Kelly Kannwischer, vice president of university advancement.
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