GAME RECAP | 03-24-15
Newport Slips by Esperanza in a Battle of Comebacks
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In the 2013 and 2014 seasons, the Aztec-Sailor rivalry heated up as the two teams split their league matchups each year. This year would promise to be no different, as each team seeks to claim the Century SE championship. Esperanza came out strong, putting three goals away in the first five minutes. But Newport Harbor’s Rylie Siegfried answered with a trademark draw-drive-shoot; she would finish with the one goal, two assists, and two draw controls—each of which led to a goal. The inspired Sailors came fighting back, owning the final twenty of the first half. Netting two goals on a man-up in the final 1:36 gave the Sailors a 6-4 lead into the second. (And they nearly popped off with a third on what was, thus far, the clear of the season: Sophia Riggan scooped a groundball deep in the Newport defensive zone with 22 seconds left, made a strong c-cut to the outside, and passed it up the wing to Erin O’Connor, who was under pressure but threw a dodge, changed levels, and threw a 20-yard low-to-high to Siegfried, who caught it outstretched like an NFL receiver, brought it into her cradle, and immediately fired a perfect 30-yard pass to Katie Hendrix, who drove hard to cage and got a shot off with four seconds to go. The goalie made a great leg save.) The Sailors came out in the second half firing, as they punished Esperanza’s yellow card with a third goal just fifteen seconds into the period. Newport would built a 9-4 lead before Esperanza started showing signs of a comeback. And come back they did: Senior Elly Mosher, whom the Sailors simply could not answer, finished the game with seven goals and brought the Aztecs within a goal with under two minutes to go. For the home team, balance saved the day, as seven different goal scorers put the victory on ice. Katie Hendrix continued her outstanding performance with three goals and four draw controls. Attackers Daniela Vazquez and Andie Piovesan each scored two; Brittany McCoy had a goal and two assists; Kim Comet and Darby O’Mahony had one apiece. Newport won 17 of 23 draw controls (74%).
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The girls of Newport Harbor took the field with energy ready for another game. It was minutes into the game when the Sailors realized that Esperanza was in no position to reciprocate that energy. Newport came out hot scoring a handful of goals. With our lockdown defense and our talented offense Newport took the lead and never looked back. With our midfiled syncing with our attack it was a good effort all around. Mickayla Blauser had a couple beautiful goals while Nina Robinson produced some nice assists. Our offense came together as a whole creating a large amount of points. Esperanza struggled to put points on the board but the Sailors played their game until the very last whistle. As the clock ticked down it was important that Newport held possession controlling the ball and not running up the score. Both teams showed respect by winning and losing in a classy manner. 13-0 was the final score as the girls ended the day on a positive note. Newport Harbor gets back to work this week and prepares for the Sticks and Stones tournament where they play some excellent teams!