Seahawks' storybook run ends in PKs

Ocean View, making its first appearance in the CIF Southern Section semifinals, falls to Division VI top-seed St. Margaret's on penalty kicks, 4-1, after a 1-1 tie.

March 01, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
(Kent Treptow / Huntington…)

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Ocean View High girls' soccer coach David Deaton called his team's 2010-11 campaign a "miracle season," moments after Tuesday's CIF Southern Section Division VI semifinal game against St. Margaret's.

The Seahawks were a team besieged by injuries before the start of the season. One injury cost them their starting goalie. They also had a potential transfer player never materialize, yet they still had enough senior leadership to enter the season with high expectations.

In four months, they exceeded those lofty goals and were just a few kicks away from a truly miraculous finish.

Ocean View took top-seeded St. Margaret's to the limit Tuesday, fighting the favored Tartans on even terms through both regulation and two 10-minute overtime sessions. Only by holding a 4-1 advantage on penalty kicks, was St. Margaret's able to escape with a 5-2 win to run its unbeaten streak to 23 games.

Tuesday's performance by the Seahawks was a far cry from their previous meeting with the Tartans less than a month ago. On Feb. 5, Ocean View went to St. Margaret's and returned to Huntington Beach with a 4-0 loss.


"When they beat us in our last game, they caught us in our 'sleepy mode,'" said Ocean View senior midfielder Mikhaila Bowden, who will play next year at Boise State. "We weren't going to let that happen this time. We played them tough and we were excited to get the chance to face them again.

"Coach told us that we'd face them again, if we got this far. Once we won our last game and they won theirs, all we did this week was practice, rest, ice up and think about what we wanted to go in this game. We gave it our all."

By giving it their "all," the Seahawks went further than any other Ocean View girls' soccer team had in the program's postseason history. Last year's group set the new standard by reaching the quarterfinal round. This year's group surpassed that mark when they beat Northview on penalty kicks in a quarterfinal match last Thursday.

"It was a miracle season. That's how I'd describe it," Deaton said. "The girls did a great job all year and to be able to take the [No. 1-seeded] team to penalty kicks, a team that easily beat us a month ago, says a lot about the heart and toughness of my girls.

"Athletic-wise, we were outmanned. But we weren't outmanned when it came to heart."

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