GAME RECAP | 03-19-15

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Newport Harbor Gets Back on Track against Valencia

Newport Harbor 11
Valencia 5

Just five days after 3/14, on the opening day of Sunset SE league play, the Tigers faced off against the Sailors in a dramatic, lacrosse-based re-enactment of Life of Pi.  Much of the early game was spent on the ground, as each team struggled to find its passing and catching rhythm.  Valencia struck first, netting an early goal as the Sailors tried to shake off their bus legs.  Newport responded with a quick strike by (stop me if you’ve heard this one before) Rylie Siegfried off a pretty draw control and freight train drive.  The game went back and forth for a few goals, until the Sailors broke it open midway through the first and got to halftime with an 8-3 lead.  A slow second half marred with fouls seemed never to gain much momentum, as the teams combined for only five additional goals.  The Sailors won the ground ball battle 15-9 and earned 11 of 17 draw controls. Valencia’s [#3] led the Tigers with three goals off of strong drives to cage.  Meanwhile, the Sailors welcomed a new set of scoring threats, as Emily Lukosky and freshman Adena Rothbard each pocketed two, and Nicole Newman and Caitlin Dwyer put away a goal apiece.  Newman added an assist.  Newport’s stand-bys were also in effect, as Daniela Vazquez, Brittany McCoy, Andie Piovesan, and Katie Hendrix got in on the action with one goal each.  Hendrix added an assist, three draw controls, and four ground balls.

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Nail Biter

Newport Harbor 8
Valencia-8

The first second we exited the bus we knew we had a battle against the weather. The temperature for the Valencia game was not something we expected.  When the whistle blew the start of the game the sailors were not ready. As a team, we came out overconfident and defeated by the heat. As the opposing team continued to chip away and score goal after goal Newport Harbor had no answer. A timeout was called with a plan to psych our girls up and get some energy and confidence going on the field. Moments later the Sailors start to play the game like they know how, moving the ball nicely, creating goals from all angles on the field. When the second half of play commenced Newport was behind by an uncomfortable amount. That didn’t stop them. The Sailors came together with attackers Heather Roberts, Taylor Long and Colby Schmidlin making their presence known providing three goals when we need them most.  Both goalies excelled, preventing goals that would have come from free position shots. Those crucial saves allowed both teams to finish the game with 8 points, resulting in a tie.