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By Barry Faulkner | December 23, 2013
The first time Chris Volk was a collegiate soccer rookie, he was the backup freshman goalkeeper on a San Diego State team that reached the 1987 NCAA championship game. Volk became a rookie head coach on Monday when UC Irvine named the 17-year Anteaters assistant to replace departed George Kuntz as the school's men's soccer head coach. "Was [the title-game loss to Clemson at Clemson] rookie-season luck? Possibly," said Volk, who takes the reigns for the first time in a college coaching career that includes 19 seasons in Division I. "It would be nice to have some success relative to that my rookie season as a head coach.
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By Matt Szabo | December 17, 2013
It's understood what Newport Harbor High girls' soccer coach Larry Draluck means when he calls his Sailors "the stepsisters" of the Battle of the Bay rivalry. Corona del Mar is more talented in most years and also more high-profile, with a handful of Division 1 recruits. "Usually, they are like big-time," Draluck said. But on Tuesday afternoon at CdM, the stepsisters played a beautiful game of "the beautiful game. " Newport Harbor took it to the host Sea Kings, hanging on for a 3-2 upset victory, the Sailors' first in the series in four years.
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December 17, 2013
George Kuntz, who guided the UC Irvine men's soccer program to the NCAA Tournament four of the last six years, winning four Big West Conference regular-season and four conference tournament titles in the process, announced Monday he had accepted the same job at Cal State Fullerton. Chris Volk, Kuntz's lead assistant and goalkeeper coach the last 17 seasons who was named the Far West Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008, has expressed interest in the UCI head-coaching job, a source close to the program confirmed Tuesday.
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December 13, 2013
Estancia High sophomore forward Kevin Pizarro converted an assist from senior Abraham Cortez in the 30th minute for the only goal in the Eagles' 1-0 nonleague win at Newport Harbor on Friday night. The Eagles (3-1) had just four shots in the defensive-oriented game, in which Estancia junior goallkeeper Enrique Valle had three saves. It was the first goal scored against the Sailors this season. Newport Harbor (0-1-2) had played Corona del Mar and Servite to scoreless ties previously.
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By Matt Szabo | December 10, 2013
LAKE FOREST - Wearing all-black uniforms is a new thing for the Corona del Mar High girls' soccer team. "It's sick," senior forward Miranda Stiver said of the uniform the Sea Kings wore Tuesday night, which featured baby blue trim and white numbers. "I love it. " Stiver said CdM has four new jerseys and three new colors of shorts. There will be no shortage of accessorizing options for CdM. "That's a really nice thing for the season," Stiver said. "I think the girls are really excited for that, especially for our senior year.
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By Matt Szabo | December 6, 2013
As No. 24 for the Los Angeles Lakers nears a comeback, No. 24 for the Newport Harbor High girls' soccer team is in her first days of high school soccer. Sailors freshman Sianna Siemonsma doesn't yet have a cool nickname on the pitch, like the "Black Mamba" nickname that people sometimes call Kobe Bryant. But give her time. She is that good. What Siemonsma gives the Sailors is something they have struggled to find in recent years, a playmaker up top. She scored a goal and had an assist Thursday night, as Newport Harbor earned a 2-0 nonleague victory over host Estancia at Jim Scott Stadium.
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December 5, 2013
UC Irvine seniors Natalia Ledezma and Zoyah Farzaneh earned second- and third-team All-West Region honors, respectively, in women's soccer. Ledezma, a forward who began the season as a defender, has twice been named to the second team and once more was a third-team choice. She transferred to UCI after her freshman season at UCLA. Ledezma had six goals and one assist in 2013, and led the Anteaters with five game-winning goals. Farzaneh, the Big West Conference Defender of the Year, doubled her career scoring output in one season by notching three goals and three assists.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 30, 2013
ORANGE - Internet directions to the Santiago Canyon Community College campus end with a left turn on Trails End. Recent history would suggest that Orange Coast College women's soccer coach Kevin Smith considers the command more foreshadowing than coincidence. For the third straight season, OCC was eliminated from the Southern California Regional playoffs by the host Hawks, who have a history of mastery over the Pirates that spans well beyond the scope of Smith's memory. This time, No. 2-seeded Santiago Canyon (20-1-2)
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November 30, 2013
The Highlighters, a girls' 10-and-under Recreation League from Region 57, Corona del Mar, capped off an undefeated regular season run last weekend with a 6 -1 victory in the title game at Lincoln Elementary. The Highlighters went 10-0 during the regular season in Region 57, and outscored opponents, 46-5. They then went through the league playoffs allowing just one goal, which came in the final, and earned the right to represent Region 57 as its top girls' U-10 seed in Area Q competition.
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November 30, 2013
The Galaxy youth soccer team won the 2013 Corona del Mar AYSO Region 57 boys' 12-and-under division championship last week, winning, 3-1, finishing an unbeaten region season with a record of 13-0-1, and outscoring opponents, 37-5. The Galaxy are coached by Mike Plumb and his assistant Gary Vaughan. The team consists of Michael Vaughan, Jason Plumb, Luke Joyce, Carter Duss, Christian Lopez, Kai Coop, Cole Dearmin, AJ Plumb, Tyler Whitehead, AJ Luesebrink, George Gemayel, Nicholas Stauffer and Sam Johnson.
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