CORONA:  Against the defending league champs, the King girls soccer team ended their league play with a 7-0, ending their league season with a 4-5-1 record.

“Santiago showed why they are league champs” King coach Dave Smith said after the dominating victory.

King has to hope that their overall record of 14-6-6 will carry them into a round of CIF action which starts next week.

But in the meantime, Smith and his team were left to ponder what was – a lot of improvement over previous years – and yet, still, some disappointment.

“It is always hard after a difficult loss to look back and assess your season with the right perspective” Smith said.  “As a coach I am so proud of how much the girls have grown and become a team since last season. Last year we doubled our victories from the previous year and this year we improved our record from 8-11-5 to 14-6-6. Along the way we broke a six year win-less streak with Norco and came away with a sweep of them this year.”

Smith noted the improvements that came off the field as well, the way the girls came together and worked hard in the classroom.

He added, “I have often talked to the girls about enjoying the experiences they have shared together and how much it will mean to them when they are no longer playing. I asked the girls to play hard for their school and for each other and they have done that every game we have played.”

Smith is hopeful. Hopeful for the distant future when the girls cleat up again next Fall and hopeful for the near future if (or when) CIF extends an invitation to play on.

“I believe if we have the chance that we could represent King well” Smith said.

Time will tell.