Corona del Mar High senior midfielder Annie Alvarado is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week. (KEVIN CHANG, Daily Pilot / December 27, 2012)

"It's the ultimate goal, just ending with a bang senior year," she said. "I think we have the makings to do it this year. I think we have the team. On paper, I think we can do it, but it's just whether or not we're going to be able to work hard enough and keep growing as a team. If we put it all out there, I think we have a good chance."

Once she gets healthy, Alvarado will do everything in her power to help the Sea Kings get there. With her skills and ability to make the players around her better, the Sea Kings do appear poised to make a run.

"She's just a very intelligent soccer player," Middleton said. "She has awareness on the field, one step ahead of time, of what needs to be done with the ball. She's probably one of the best technical high school players that I've seen in the 11 years I've coached high school soccer."

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Annie Alvarado

Born: Dec. 12, 1994

Hometown: Newport Beach

Height: 5-foot-7

Sport: Soccer

Coach: Bryan Middleton

Favorite food: Mom's steak tacos

Favorite movie: "Dumb and Dumber"

Favorite athletic moment: Helping the Southern California Blues Under-18 club team win the prestigious San Diego Surf Cup tournament last month.

Week in review: Alvarado, a center midfielder who led CdM with five assists as of Friday, helped the Sea Kings win the Battle of the Bay, 2-1, over Newport Harbor on Dec. 20.