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.