Newport Harbor falls to Trabuco Hills – March 7th 2017
Newport Harbor Falls to Trabuco Hills
Newport Harbor – 7
Trabuco Hills – 13
Mission Viejo, March 7 – The evening opened with Trabuco attempting the quick transition strike off the draw and Newport sophomore goalie, Jade Rettig, making a great save. Trabuco ultimately drew first blood with a free position feed from Shelby Morris to Juliet Mooney, who received cleanly on the doorstep of the NHHS goal. Both Rettig and Trabuco goalie Ashley Bell stepped up into big saves over the opening minutes of the game, but Trabuco put away their second at the five-minute mark, as sophomore Hennesey Evans dodged through three crashing defenders and buried the shot. Minutes later, Evans scored from the free position to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
On the next possession, NHHS sophomore Adena Rothbard answered by streaking through two defenders to score the Sailors’ first goal. Evans came back with a free position to make the game 4-1, which Rothbard answered by scooping a loose ball in front of the home cage and dunking the shot. As the first half developed, the teams went back and forth a few times; senior Sarah Farley earned a nice takeaway and Rettig made another spectacular save on an equally spectacular dodge through three defenders and shot from Evans. On the clear, Rettig hit sophomore Delaney Knipp, who passed to senior Laura Tran, who moved the ball to senior Jessica Woodruff, who fed a streaking senior, Farley, who dropped the boom and brought the Sailors within one on a textbook transition goal.
Trabuco answered with another free position from sophomore Ieneke Jimenez. After the Sailors took down the ensuing draw and settled the ball in the Mustang zone, senior Katie Hendrix drove, pumped to avoid the player between her and the cage, pulled out, and re-attacked for the emphatic dodge, shot, and goal. Moments later, Evans was given another free position, which she converted; on the next possession, Mooney sliced through a double team and pocketed the Mustangs’ seventh of the night. The visitors then earned a great chance on a double cut and feed from senior Heather Roberts to Hendrix, who rocketed a shot off the Trabuco goalpost. In the last minute of the half, Trabuco junior Kristen Rosenberg put away another free position shot to bring an 8-4 lead into halftime.
Evans took down the opening draw of the second half and, after Trabuco settled the ball for a minute, drew another free position that she put away with authority. In the ensuing possession, Evans drew a controversial check-to-the-head call. However, Newport was able to make good on the man-down, as Adena Rothbard dodged through five Trabuco defenders and drew a free position of her own, which she put past Bell in the face of a hard crash. From here, there were a few minutes of controversy, as a dangerous follow through directly into the face of a Newport player went uncalled. Evans, who was awarded a free position on the play, converted to bring the score to 10-5. Newport pulled down the next draw and had an extended possession that ended in a turnover, and in an unsettled play, Evans scooped a ground ball and drove through pressure to finish with another goal.
The Sailors earned another set off the draw and committed another turnover, opening the door to an extended Mustang possession that ended with a free position for Mooney, which she buried for Trabuco’s twelfth goal. Less than a minute later, Newport senior Sarah Farley wound up and cranked a free position of her own to keep the game within reach for the visitors. However, the Sailors could not build a run of goals and after a few trips up and back down the field—with the Sailors pressing and the Mustangs holding—each team scored one more (a free position from Farley and a transition strike from Mooney) and the game came to a close.