NEWPORT BEACH- No. 3 Corona Del Mar (1-0) survived a late surge by No. 8 Yorba Linda (0-1) and pulled off a dramatic 6-5 win at home on Tuesday in the season opener for both teams.
Freshman midfielder Logan Ip was the star of the Sea Kings offensively and began his high school career in impressive fashion with two goals and an assist that turned out to be the game winner. CDM head coach G.W. Mix was very impressed by his freshman phenom after the game.
“He’s really talented,” Mix said. “He works really hard. You come out here on Saturday morning and he’s out there. A couple of our freshman have been doing that since our Surf Dog program until now and they work real hard at their craft.”
The Mustangs got off to a hot start and opened the scoring in the first quarter with two quick goals within eight seconds of each other, but CDM came back with two of their own to tie it at two apiece. The Sea Kings held strong defensively in the second frame and outscored Yorba Linda 2-0 (both by Ip) to hold a slim 4-2 lead at halftime.
Each team scored a goal in the third quarter, and then came the Mustangs with a chance for arguably the biggest upset in the very young season in the fourth. Tyler Krause (1g, 2a) scored the game-tying goal to knot things up at five aside with 1:43 left in the game.
A costly penalty by Yorba Linda gave Corona Del Mar the ball back with little time to take advantage, and after a nifty pass by Ip, Aidan Kelly (1g) flicked in a shot right in front of the opposing cage and that was all she wrote, The Sea Kings survived a very talented Yorba Linda team.
“We’ve got a lot of young faces, a lot of new faces,” Mix said. “We’ve got a long way to go but a couple of our veterans did a great job.”
Kyle Cord had a strong season debut in net for the Sea Kings with 15 saves, 10 of which came in the second half.
“He’s a good one,” Mix said, bluntly.
Outside of Ip and Kelly, the Sea Kings received offensive contributions from Kyle Mix (2g), Simon Hall (1g), and Tanner Beasy (1a). CDM lost the faceoff battle thanks to Yorba Linda’s fogo Ryan Henry, who won eight of 12 matchups at the ‘X.’
“Ryan Henry is pretty good, and I thought Lucas (Newton) did good containing him and limiting him to a few fast break type possessions,” Mix said.
Yorba Linda will host their home opener on Thursday when they take on No. 10 Servite and CDM will return to the field Saturday with a home match against Beckman.