In a game with heavy seeding and playoff implications, the No. 6 Corona Del Mar Sea Kings (9-8) ended the regular season with a bang in a 16-8 victory over the No. 7 San Clemente Tritons (6-2, 9-9) on Saturday at the Hermosa Sports Complex. As a result of CdM’s win and Trabuco Hill’s loss to Great Oak on Saturday, CdM, which had been as high as No. 7 two weeks ago, grabbed the No. 5 seed on the final day of the season.
“I think we’re right there, it’s what we’ve been working towards,” said CDM head coach G.W. Mix. “You could put us at four or you can put us at five.”
The Sea Kings and Tritons both evenly matched each other in the first quarter with two goals apiece. However, a 5-0 run by Corona Del Mar to start the second gave them a slightly more comfortable 7-3 lead at the half.
The offense began to click for the Tritons in the third with three goals in the frame. However, they could not keep up with the Sea Kings’ well-balanced offense Saturday allowing nine more in the second half, and eventually losing the game 16-8.
“We knew what we were getting ourselves into and we had a plan and we executed that plan,” Mix said. “It’s the last game of the regular season so it was nice to finally put it all together.”
The Sea Kings had 15 contributors offensively including: Bobby Purcifull (2 goals, 1 assist), Aidan Kelly (3g), Chandler Fincher (3g), Simon Hall (2g) Matt Keasey (2g), Blaine Nelsen (2g), Cameron Kayl (1g), Devon Linkon (1g), Kenan Ressler (1a), Landon Whitney (1a), Jake Elisius (1a), Tanner Beasy (1a), Tate Jackson (1a), Eric Fries (1a), and Richard Eusey (1a).
Defensively, Jackson led the team with two caused turnovers and Kyle Cord had five saves between the pipes. Connor Dean led the team with five ground balls.
The Tritons received offensive contributions from Trevor Sutton (3g), Liam Nelson (3g), Jack Rogers (1g, 1a), Ryan Keany (2a), Jake Brannon (1g), Brandon Wilson (1a), and Lewis Ahola (1a). Eugene Kang had 11 saves in net and Brannon led the team with five ground balls on the defensive end.
As the fifth seed, CDM will open postseason play in Newport Beach against No. 12 Santiago and San Clemente will resume as the seventh seed and host No. 10 Servite. Both game times are to be determined as of the publishing of this story.