No. 1 Corona del Mar defeated no. 8 Tesoro 14-7 to move on to the Orange County semi-finals. Once again, the Sea Kings took advantage of face-off domination and solid team defense to capture a victory. Jason Simaan (13/16), Matt Saucedo (4/6) and Nick Puglia (1/1) won 18 of 23 faceoffs to give their team control of the ball. The defense limited Tesoro to just 10 shots on goal.
Tesoro stayed close in the first half, trailing just 7-3 at halftime. However, CdM busted the game open with an eight goal outburst in the third quarter that gave them a 12-4 lead. CdM protected their lead in the fourth quarter and ended the game with a 14-7 victory.
Typical of a Sea Kings’ team, the scoring was well distributed. Sachin Gokhale and Kyle Young led the Sea Kings with two goals and one assist each. Stephen Von Der Ahe, Will Favreau and Simaan each found the back of the net twice. Ryan Meckler put together a one-goal, four-groundballs game. Matt Saucedo scored one goal. Nick Guizan and Kyle Cord combined for three save.
Freshman Carson Spooner showed that Tesoro has a bright future with a team leading three goals.Trent Tubbs (1g,1a), Cole Spooner (1g), Brian Graves(1a), Braden King (1a), Jason Moreta (1g) and Kalil Scales also registered points for the Titans.
CdM will play No. 4 Santa Margarita for the first this season Saturday at 4:00 at Irvine High School.