The girls soccer teams from Costa Mesa High and Corona del Mar
began the week with a share of the Pacific Coast League lead. And by the
time the week is over, Newport Harbor hopes to be able to say the same in
the Sea View League.
Coach Jason Sorrell's Sailors (9-6-3, 2-1-2) earned a 0-0 tie with
league-leading Aliso Niguel (14-3-2, 3-0-2) Thursday to drop the
Wolverines into a tie with Woodbridge (9-6-1, 3-1-2) for the league top
spot. League standings are determined on a point basis, with two points
for a win and one for a tie.
Since Aliso (Monday against Irvine) and Woodbridge (today at Laguna
Hills) only have one league game this week, a pair of Newport wins, today
at Irvine and Thursday against visiting Laguna Hills, could give the Tars
If Woodbridge, Aliso and Newport all win their games, all three would
enter the final week with 10 points apiece. Newport, however, is the only
school among the three with a bye in the final week.
The Sailors, ranked No. 6 in CIF Southern Section Division II,
defeated Laguna Hills, 2-0, and tied Irvine, 0-0, in the first round of
league play. The Hawks and Vaqueros had yet to win a league game heading
into their Jan. 22 meeting, from which a score has not been reported.
In addition to strong offensive play by Amy Burlingham, Amy Ross, Tory
Manchester, Taryn Flamson and Lauren Birchfield, among others, Sorrell
reports sterling defensive work by freshman stopper Erin Hardy. Sorrell
considers Hardy an unsung standout whose contributions are often lost in
the spotlight directed toward scoring.
Meanwhile, in the PCL, Corona del Mar (10-4-5, 3-1-2) will try to bounce back from its first loss since in 24 PCL games -- a 1-0 setback
Thursday at Laguna Beach -- by hosting Estancia (3-15, 0-6) today, then
visiting University (8-7-1, 3-2-1) Thursday.
Coach Ron Evans' two-time defending PCL champions, ranked No. 2 in CIF
Division IV, tied Uni the first time around, 1-1.
Costa Mesa (10-4-3, 3-1-2), ranked No. 9 in Division IV, will try to
avenge its only league defeat this season when it visits Northwood today.
The Timberwolves (5-5-3, 3-2-1), tied with University for third, defeated
the Mustangs, 2-0, Jan. 10 at Mesa.
The Mustangs, who host Estancia Thursday, could be without junior
standout Devin Denman this week. Denman came out of Thursday's 2-1 win
over University early in the first half with a thigh bruise and Coach Dan
Johnston said afterward he was unclear how long she would be sidelined.
"She's a tough kid, so she'll be back as soon as she's able," Johnston
Mesa junior Sharon Day scored both goals against the Trojans to take
the team scoring lead with 14. Senior Sarah Ronquillo and freshman Jenny
Sparks have 12 goals apiece.
Estancia has been outscored, 50-1, in six league contests, including a
12-0 rout by CdM the first round.
Sage Hill continues its first varsity campaign in the Academy League
with a road game today against Capistrano Valley Christian and a home
game Friday against Calvary Chapel of Downey.