Newport Harbor had their St. Patty’s socks on, but the luck of the Irish would not be on their side as Mission Viejo overcame a halftime deficit to take down the home team—and avenge their Rose Bowl championship game loss. The Sailors controlled the first half of the game, despite giving up an early goal to Mission Viejo’s Maryn Macha, who would end the game with two goals and an assist. Junior captain Rylie Siegfried answered with an immediate goal off of a signature one-hand-stretch draw control, a solo stampede to cage, and an unstoppable shot. A strong defensive effort earned the Sailors a 5-3 halftime lead.
Mission Viejo High School roared back in with nine second half goals to earn the 12-7 road victory on the road against Newport Harbor High School. Not only did they net nine goals, they also held Newport scoreless in the final 12:35 of the game. Senior Marissa Meissner and freshman Ashley Rende each had three second half goals to lead Mission Viejo. Senior Lauren Robinson and Macha, a junior, both had two goals and an assist to complete the Mission Viejo scoring.
Senior captain Daniela Vazquez earned player of the game for the Sailors as she broke out with a three goals (two off of great transition drives), an assist, and three ground ball controls.
Up next, on Thursday, March 19: Mission Viejo travels to Santa Margarita Catholic, and Newport Harbor goes to Valencia to open up Century SE league play.