CdM women’s football remains undefeated with victory over Estancia

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The Corona del Mar High School girls ‘soccer team is thinking of the CIF South Section championship, which would be the Sea Kings’ first. Their eighth consecutive victory fleshed out the possibility, shaped the plan.

It didn’t necessarily show up on the scoreboard – their 4-0 game on a foggy Thursday night at the surpassed Estancia was based on goals in the first 33 minutes – but once the junior striker Marly Paul, midfielder Logan Stern and second-year winger Payton Vovan took to the pitch towards the end of the first half, the CdM were a different team.

The trio, making their debut to the season following club engagements, gave the Sea Kings (8-0-0) a sharper, more lean appearance: stronger in possession, more proactive in attack, full of ‘ideas. The run was hit and miss, more messed up than expected, but it offered a nice glimpse into what Bryan Middleton’s team could be like in the New Year.

“These three, it’s going to be huge,” Middleton said at the end. “It’s going to give us some composure on the pitch, and we’ll definitely create more scoring opportunities and keep more possession of the ball in our attacking half. Hopefully we can keep the ball enough so that we don’t let the others go. teams attack us. ”

Corona del Mar’s Logan Stern goes for a header against Estancia’s Jasmin Gutierrez in a women’s non-league soccer match at Jim Scott Stadium on Thursday.

(Scott Smeltzer / Personal Photographer)

This is a difficult question. Powers Los Alamitos and Edison wait in the Surf League, but a fall in Division 2 provides a basis for the title discussion.

“This year… we hope to go further than usual,” said senior Jane Paulsen, who lays the groundwork in midfield or at the back, in both places on Thursday. “Adding those three, we definitely got a little bit stronger, but our team was still good without them. “

Corona del Mar showed it from the start, spending most of the first half in their third attack. Brea Sofferman scored twice, putting the ball in the right corner in the seventh and 26th minutes. Kayla Spreen made it 2-0 in the 20th minute and Ellie Rosing’s final was set up with Vovan’s first touch of the game.

Paul, then Vovan and finally Stern came into play from the 28th to the 35th minute, and it had an immediate effect. The rather static Sea Kings for most of the first half improved their movement on and off the ball, and a poor finish – as well as a nice positional defense from the Eagles (2-5), a team Division 5 – deprived them of more goals. , but they were much smoother.

Corona del Mar's Brea Sofferman and Estancia's Ava Johner fight for control of a ball in a non-league soccer match.

Corona del Mar’s Brea Sofferman and Estancia’s Ava Johner fight for control of a ball in a women’s non-league soccer match at Jim Scott Stadium on Thursday.

(Scott Smeltzer / Personal Photographer)

“They play the ball with each other and just pass and find ways to get it in,” said Paulsen. “It looks really, really good too.”

The CdM was in command everywhere, doing almost anything he wanted, except in Estancia’s lodge. The Eagles backline, anchored by sophomores Ava Johner and Elly Goan and aided by Jocelyn Pacheco’s move from midfielder to midway through the first half, clogged the passing lanes and presented a maze defensive end that has often confused the Sea Kings.

The opportunities were there. The CdM had enormous advantages in terms of shots (27-2), shots on goal (17-2) and real chances (28-1). The connections will tighten up now that everyone is on board.

Heidi Nieto of Estancia catches a ball during a women's soccer match against Corona del Mar at Jim Scott Stadium.

Estancia’s Heidi Nieto catches a ball during a women’s soccer match against Corona del Mar at Jim Scott Stadium on Thursday.

(Scott Smeltzer / Personal Photographer)

“We just have to work to finish our chances,” Stern said. “We definitely have the urgency to move forward. It’s about getting the connections.

And when that happens, be careful.

“We could definitely go a long way in CIF,” she said. “I think we really have a chance to win.”

Marly Paul of Corona del Mar and Elly Goan of Estancia run for a ball in a women's non-league soccer match.

Marly Paul of Corona del Mar and Elly Goan of Estancia run for a ball during a women’s non-league soccer match at Jim Scott Stadium on Thursday.

(Scott Smeltzer / Personal Photographer)

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