Top-seeded Coronado sent 13 graduating seniors out with the school’s third consecutive San Diego Section Division IV soccer title and fifth championship in seven years as the Islanders overcame an early deficit in defeating No. 3 Mater Dei Catholic 4-1 on Saturday at Del Norte High.
Drew Maracle scored in the 12th and 39th minutes and Amherst-bound forward Andrew Orozco scored the decisive goal in the 15th minute for Coronado (22-2-2). Kyle Koshland added a second-half goal in the 55th minute.
Playing with a torn right PCL ligament he sustained in December, Orozco returned for the playoffs. Wearing a bulky knee brace has never felt so good.
“For sure. I was told six to eight months (recovery),” Orozco said. “From the time of the injury, it was hard, but my teammates helped make me fall in love with the game all over again.”
Mater Dei Catholic (12-6-4) took a fourth-minute lead as Mauricio Rodriguez scored his 19th goal on the first shot of the match.
“We sat back and got a bit too comfortable after that first goal,” Mater Dei coach Jorge Zavala said. “We tried to kick the ball long instead of passing the ball around.”
Under coach Brian Hiatt-Aleu, Coronado shut down the Crusaders offense that had defeated previously unbeaten King-Chavez 5-1 in the semifinals.