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Season ends on penalty kicks

Ocean View girls' soccer team's "miracle" campaign ends in semifinals against top-ranked St. Margaret's

Edison boys stunned in quarters by St. John Bosco.

March 02, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Ocean View's Mikhaila Bowden (4), right, heads the ball away from Madison Glaser of St. Margaret's during Tuesday's CIF playoff game at Ocean View Hugh School.
Ocean View's Mikhaila Bowden (4), right, heads… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

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.

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"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 deeper than any other Ocean View girls' soccer team had in the program's postseason history. Last year's group had set the standard by reaching the quarterfinal round. This year's group surpassed that mark when they beat Northview on penalty kicks in a quarterfinal match Feb. 24.

"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-ranked 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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