Corona del Mar, the no. 7 team in the west, hosted Utah powerhouse Brighton, the no. 10 team in the west, under conditions that are rare in Orange County, rain and natural grass. The rain did not affect the quality of play as a very physical game went down to the wire before CDM took it by one, 11-10.
Senior Stephen Von Der Ahe picked the right game to have a career day. Derz scored six goals against on a day when CdM needed every last one of those six goals. His final goal in the fourth quarter turned out to be the game winner. Facing a 10-5 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, Brighton staged a furious comeback attempt with five goals in the final quarter. Von Der Ahe looks to have come back in 2016 stronger and with improved shooting.
Defensively the Sea Kings were led by Jordan Pakzad (St. Joseph’s) and Brennan Greenwald who teamed up to cover Bubba Fairman ( Maryland). Fairman, considered to be one of the top attacks in the nation, ended the day with four points (3g, 1a). However without man up and transition there wasn’t a lot there for Fairman on settled offense. Pakzad and Greenwald made it difficult for Fairman to get his hands free throughout the game, which was critical to the CdM victory.
Jordan Greenhall was a force for the second game in a row, registering four points (2g, 2a) and recovering seven groundballs. Sachin Gokhale, Eric Fries, and Will Favreau scored one goal apiece to complete the CdM scoring. Nick Guizan made eight saves and Jason Simaan (Brown) won 14/21 faceoffs.
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Next up: Brighton (2-1) finishes their three-game tour of Orange County with a 2 p.m. showdown against Foothill, the no. 3 team in the west. The game will be played at Tustin High School. Corona del Mar (2-0) plays San Clemente on Tuesday.
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