No. 1 Corona del Mar edged No. 4 Santa Margarita 8-6 on Saturday to advance to the county championship against St. Margaret’s on Saturday. In one of the more entertaining games played this season, the Eagles did something very few teams have done this season. They gave the Sea Kings everything they could handle. Since losing to Torrey Pines April 2 in overtime, the Sea Kings had won 11 straight by an average margin of 9 goals.
When Shane Cobb brought the Eagles to within one goal midway through the fourth quarter, it became obvious this one was going to do the wire. With both teams riding hard from beginning to end, two hot goalies, and both defenses clamping down goals were not easy down the stretch. Both teams had opportunities at the end; hit pipes, big saves, and missed opportunities on the crease. However, as has been the case so many times this season, CdM’s senior tandem of Jordan Greenhall and Stephen Von Der Ahe came up with the big play. Von Der Ahe took a feed on the crease from Greenhall and scored the final goal of the game with 1:58 left to seal the CdM win.
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As CdM coach G.W. Mix said. told the Damien Calhoun of the Orange County Register: “We had some kids make some big plays at the end,” I thought that Nick Guizan did an incredible job in goal all day long and that makes a big difference. Their face-off guy (Chase Lynch) did a nice job and made it a fight for Jason (Simaan), so that gave them more possessions than we’re used to the other teams having and we had to fight through some of that.”
Von Der Ahe led all scorers with four goals. Greenhall (2g, 1a) and Will Favreau (2g) provided the other CdM points. Nick Guizan came up with six saves, nearly all of them critical. Simaan won 12 of 17 faceoffs.
Logan Dochterman (2g, 1a) and Shane Cobb (2g) led the Santa Margarita offense. Jack Fisher and Zach Taylor each had a goal and an assist. Mike Gately was more than solid between the pipes coming up with a number of important saves. As Coach Mix alluded to, Lynch helped keep the Sea Kings in reach by competing with the best face-off man in the OC.