Fast starts have been the norm for the Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high school girls’ soccer teams this season.
In two different matches, University of Arizona-bound CdM senior striker Megan Chelf has scored a goal within a minute of the opening whistle, coach Bryan Middleton said.
Putting opponents on the defensive early has paid dividends for the Sea Kings (9-0) and Sailors (11-2), who are ranked Nos. 5 and 6 in CIF Southern Section Division 1 respectively. Both have tournament championships under their belts, as CdM won the Best in the West Winter Soccer Classic “EFGH” Division title on Dec. 21. On Saturday, the Sailors won the North Orange County Classic “ABCD” Division for the first time in program history.
They are among the strongest teams in the Sunset Conference, and that makes their crossover match even more interesting. The defending Wave League champion Sailors will host the Battle of the Bay match for the first time in recent years, on Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. Click here to read more.