Newport Harbor Rallies Late to Bury Esperanza

Those who like their game recaps under 140 characters need read only this: The Sailors won 14/14 draws behind senior captain , who pulled down nine herself to lead the home team to a 9-3 victory.

The Sailors opened Tuesday’s game on their heels, as Esperanza capitalized on an early turnover to jump ahead 1-0.  In the early stages of the match, the Newport defense was put to the test—and they held off a relentlessly patient Aztec attack that owned possession.  At the half, the visitors had but two goals to show for their efforts.  Senior captain led the crew of , , , and goalie through the perilous first half.  The “D” iced the victory by allowing only one goal off a free position in the second.

The Sailors ended their 36-minute scoring drought vs. Esperanza (dating back to 2015) with a sweet shot and goal from junior off an equally sweet assist from junior captain .  Farley would ultimately net two and assist one; Hendrix would score one and assist a game-high three.  Junior Laura Tran put one away off a feed from to bring the Sailors back to a halftime tie, 2-2.

The visitors held strong through the next fifteen minutes, and the score was 3-3 with under ten minutes to tick.  The goal of the night, and eventual game winner, came just moments after the Aztecs tied it up: Siegfried stretched to take down the draw, barreled past three opponents, and hit junior Caitlin Dwyer as she wrapped the crease under duress from the goalie and a low defender, controlled the ball through a forest of sticks, moved to gain the angle, and finished with poise.  In the final five minutes, the floodgates opened and Newport rallied behind goals from junior , Farley, Hendrix, and Siegfried—who finished with three goals and an assist.

Up Next: Newport Heads to Valencia on Thursday, April 14. Esperanza host El Dorado on the same day.

Contributed by Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse

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