Senior midfielder Chase McElroy and the rest of the CDM defense held #7 Los Al to just two goals, and behind an impressive 10-goal run, Corona del Mar turned a 3-2 late first quarter lead into a 13-2 win over the visiting Griffins of Los Alamitos (9-3). With the win, the Sea Kings, sporting new white home jerseys, improve to 10-0 on the season. The highlight videos are provided by Big Boom Video:
“I thought the kids did a great job today,” said CDM head coach G.W. Mix “We were patient and effective on offense and very solid on defense. Once again, our face-off unit did a great job of giving us every opportunity to control the ball. That is very helpful when you play a multi-look defensive team. It gives you the luxury of running through your offensive progressions.”
Early in the first quarter, it looked like the crowd of 1,100 would be treated to a classic Saturday afternoon spring match-up between two top 10 teams in the County. Los Alamitos (ranked #7) struck first less than a minute into the game. It took less than three minutes for the top-ranked Kings to respond. Sophomore midfielder Max Kline (3 goals) opened the scoring for CDM with an extra-man goal, converting a feed from senior attackman Casey Mix (1g, 6a).
A short time later, senior attackman Todd Kitzens (2g, 2a) took a feed from Mix and gave the Kings their first lead of the day, one they would never relinquish. Kitzens found fellow senior attackman Jack Ortlieb (4g) three minutes later and it was 3-1 CDM. Los Al scored with less than a minute remaining in the period, but Kline netted his second of the day in the closing seconds to increase the hosts’ lead to 4-2. It was all CDM after that.
CDM had a man advantage early in the second period and sophomore Sherwin Gersten (1g, 1a) buried a feed from Casey Mix to increase CDM’s lead to 5-2.
The Sea KIngs employed a tenacious ride throughoput the game, making offensive possessions very hard to come by for the Griffins. Ortlieb converted one of those Los Al clearing game turnovers into a goal with no time left in the first half to give CDM a 6-2 margin at the break.
“We took a 6-2 lead into the lockerroom, but we felt like we left a lot on the table,” said Mix. “They did a nice job, but we made too many mistakes at both ends. We got most of that cleaned up, denied the right players the touches they needed and finally buried some shots. Our aggressive riding and face-off play was very solid today.”
Ortlieb started the second half just as he finished the first, with a banger, taking a pass from senior midfielder Chris Von Der Ahe (1a) and burying it in the back of the net. A slashing penalty gave the Sea Kings their third extra-man opportunity of the game and they made it 3 for 3 when Kline converted a feed from Gersten into his third goal of the day and first career hat trick. Within the next minute, Kitzens took another Mix feed and found net, senior defensive midfielder Chase McElroy (1g) took a clearing pass and dunked it at the other end, and Kitzens fed Mix for his lone goal of the day. The score at the end of three was 11-2 and the Kings had just about run the table.
Less than two minutes into the fourth, senior midfielder Brett Nelson (1a) found Ortlieb who netted his fourth goal of the day. Junior Jay Damon (1g) scored the final goal for the victors. With more than ten minutes remaining, CDM made wholesale substitutions and the Sea King bench showed itself well, outscoring the Griffins 1-0 and holding them scoreless for the rest of the game.
On the day, the Sea Kings controlled 12 of 18 face-offs (.666%). Junior Kaden Ebbinga was 5 of 8 (.625%), sophomore Nino Chavez was 6 of 9 (.666%), and senior Jake “Aquaman Too” Wyatt went 1 for 1 (100%).
“I was really impressed with the level of intensity all of our guys demonstrated in the second half. We made a lot of substitutions, everyone got to play, and there was no measurable drop-off. They did a great job.”
Sophomore goalie Hoyt Crance made 9 saves (.818 SV%). Los Al came into today’s match-up with CDM averaging more than 11 goals per game. The Sea Kings defense held them to just two goals all day, both in the first quarter. CDM has allowed just 4.8 goals per game in its first 10 outings.
–Special to MaxLaxOC.com