Coronado has won four straight San Diego Section boys soccer titles under coach Brian Hiatt-Aleu.
Nicking the bow of the crossbar, the header attempt plummeted to the ground.
Then a scrum ensued.
“Everyone was battling for position and trying to score or clear the ball,” said Coronado midfielder Tyler Gilmore.
The junior sifted through the pile of teammates and Rancho Bernardo defenders, located the ball and flicked it past the flailing keeper to complete the set piece in the 20th minute of the first half.
Coronado would score two additional goals to offset the Broncos’ lone, second-half goal as the top-seeded Islanders (22-1-2) upended No. 2 Rancho Bernardo 3-1 to capture the San Diego Section Division II boys soccer crown Saturday at Clairemont High.
It’s the Islanders’ fourth consecutive championship.
Ahead 1-0, Coronado increased its lead on an uncontested Tanner Caldwell strike from 10 yards out and a left post header from Gilmore — his second score, completing the brace.
The Broncos (12-10-3) avoided the shutout, connecting on a header minutes into the second half, but couldn’t capitalize on other scoring chances.