GAME RECAP | 04-01-15
Mater Dei Gives Newport Harbor a Taste of #1
Newport Harbor 4
Mater Dei 15
Those of us in a co-dependent relationship with Laxpower know that the power rankings formula doesn’t really produce meaningful results until about the halfway point of the season. And one month into 2015, the first real front-runner in the OC-LA section is an impressive Mater Dei, who visited Davidson field Wednesday to face Newport Harbor. Behind Mackenzie Wallevand, who had five goals, and Maddie Hooks and Lauren Gonzalez, who scored three apiece, the Monarchs continued their reign at number one. However, the score did not reflect the fight on the field, as the Sailors held strong against a fierce opponent. On the ride, the Tars stuck to their opponents and frustrated them through the midfield. In settled offense, the Sailors were able to control possession and generate a number of goal-scoring opportunities and free positions that were answered admirably by the Mater Dei goalie platoon (who had a 67% save average on the night). And while the athletic Mater Dei showed dominance in the fast break, the Sailors’ settled D held fast against the top team all night. Newport goalie Montana Mattox saved a baker’s dozen, while attacker Daniela Vazquez scored two. Andie Piovesan and Rylie Siegfried each added a tally, while Mia Bagiu and Katie Hendrix both snagged three draw controls
Newport Harbor 13
Mater Dei 3
The focus of the team lately has been on the power of energy. The girls have been practicing and playing every day with an overload of energy. The girls have recently discovered that the more energy and positivity they bring the more that will translate into their play on the field. As the Sailors mentally prep for a dominant Mater Dei team, the mood darkens as the nerves rise on game day. It was moments before game time when the captains Hannah Sanders, Jill Rosten and Corinne Reuter reminded their squad of what has recently made them unstoppable. Moments later the energy in the stadium rises and Newport Harbor takes the field as many girls are full of anxiety. Laura Tran dominates the draw against the overconfident Mater Dei midfield and the slaughter begins. The Sailors aggressive offense scores 5 unanswered points due to smart shots from Sarah Spence, Colby Schmidlin, and Taylor Long. The awesome ball possession came from ground balls that our defense picked up with ease. Freshman Charlie Sandy had a few crucial groundballs along with Hayden Allen and the rest of the defense.
Mater Dei enters the second half of play with revenge on their mind as they play smart, controlled offense earning a total of three points. It wasn’t enough to take the lead as Newport Harbor quickly put a stop to their opponents scoring by controlling the rest of the game with yet another spectacular team effort. Every girl played a role in this well-deserved win over the powerful Mater Dei Monarchs.