Tesoro High School accomplished what only three other times have accomplished this season; they scored 6 goals against the Corona del Mar Sea Kings. Unfortunately for the Titans, it was not enough as CdM scored 10 and moved on to the Southern Division semi-finals on Saturday.
Corona del Mar has consistently brought a high level of simplicity and speed to everything they do. The first quarter was no different for the Sea Kings as LSM Brett Greenlee converted a turnover into offense assisting Nino Chavez (2g, 1a) to open up the scoring a minute and a half into the contest. After settling down CdM showed that they can score in settled situations as well as Ben Palitz (3g, 3a) brought the lead to 2-0 for the Sea Kings. A Tesoro timeout called by head coach Adam Miner gave the opportunity for Tesoro to settle down and regroup. Miner’s group came out more aggressive and went toe to toe on offense and defense for the remainder of the quarter with Riley Finn (2g) and Sage DeVault (1g, 1a) cashing in on two long Tesoro possessions.
Pressure by the CdM Defense and especially their ride at the midfield trapped Tesoro on their defensive half and let CdM really wear down the Titans. Despite playing defense most of the half Tesoro only let up two more goals to Palitz and Sherwin Gersten. Tesoro’s Matt Costanzo (3g, 1a) added a goal between CdM scores and the half ended with CdM only up 4-3.
Gunner Garn was spectacular in goal again with 14 saves for the Titans and helped contain the CdM offense in the third quarter. Again Tesoro spent much of the quarter battling defensement Hugh Crance and Brian Leguay for open shots to no avail. CdM’s defense displayed extremely disciplined man to man defense on the perimeter and when speedsters Brandon Mayo and Blake Warner were able to draw slides, the seasoned CdM defense led by Hoyt Crance in goal were able to recover quick and keep Tesoro from gaining any advantage on the back side. Noah Howe (4g) capitalized on the extra possessions, scoring all four of CdM’s third quarter goals.
The Titans pushed the pace and played at an extremely high level for the remainder of the game. They were unable to turn Garn saves into goals in the fourth as CdM never let up and pressed on to a 10-6 win over the Titans.
–MaxLaxOC Staff Report