Ocean View girls' soccer Coach David Deaton called his team's 2010-11 campaign a "miracle season" only moments after Tuesday's CIF Southern Section Division 6 semifinal game against St. Margaret's.
The Seahawks were a team besieged before the start of the season by injuries, one of which cost them their starting goalie, and had a potential transfer player never pan out. 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 magical finish.
Ocean View took top-ranked 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 win after the teams ended regulation tied at 1.
Deaton said 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.