Playing on a rain-soaked field that resembled Florida swampland more than a soccer field, Saddleback High School beat Corona del Mar, 1-0, in a Sea View League opener Wednesday in Newport Beach.
After the game, Saddleback players dunked goalie Victor Solis and Coach Mel Silva into one of the mini-lakes that had formed on the field.
"For the whole game, Victor laughed at his teammates, saying they were all wet," Silva said. "Since he stayed dry in the goalie box, they told him they'd get him at the end of the game."
The winning goal for Saddleback (10-1-2, 1-0 in league), at the 11:16 mark in the first half, almost didn't happen.
Jose Escudero's initial shot over leaping goalie Travis Grant hit the crossbar, but the Roadrunners got a break when the ball bounced to Braulio Mendez, who kicked it into the empty net.