Its just one of those things that happens in every sport at every level. The big games don’t always live up to the hype. Two quality teams meet on the field of play and the score is unexpectedly and inexplicably one sided. Such was the case when No. 2 Corona del Mar High School met No. 4 San Clemente High School on Saturday. CdM opened up a 10-0 first quarter lead and just kept going. The final score was 20-3.
Eight different Sea Kings, led by senior Max Kline‘s six point (4 goals, 2 assists), scored. Junior Jordan Greenhall finished with five points (4 goals, 1 assist). Senior Noah Howe and junior Stephen Von Der Ahe finished with hat tricks. Senior Sherwin Gersten (2g, 2a) and junior Nate Neuman scored two goals. Senior Hugh Crance (1 goal, 1 assist) and junior Will Cord each scored a goal.
Seniors Hoyt Crance and Ross Sneath, and junior Nate Guizan compiled 9 saves for CdM. Junior Jason Simaan won the first nine faceoffs of the game. Senior Chad Redfearn and Junior Noah Linkon were solid on defense.
San Clemente was playing without all-league junior goalie Austin Boyer, who was injured in the Tritons’ 9-7 midweek win at Newport Harbor. Scoring for San Clemente were Branden Wilson, Jack Renard and Matt Keany scored. Wilson and Nick Lemus pitched in with assists.
Next up: CdM (2-0) hosts St. John’s (TX) on Monday. San Clemente (1-2) faces No. 1 Foothill on Friday.
–John Reagan contributed to this report.