Newport Harbor 13
Newport, April 16 – Newport Harbor played host to Valencia for their second matchup of the season; Newport was looking for its second win, and the visitors were aiming to even the season series. The Sailors jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead behind goals from Darby O’Mahony and Jordan Blanchfield. Valencia rebounded nicely, evened out the score, and the teams exchanged a couple goals before Valencia built a 4-3 lead. NHHS found some rhythm in the latter part of the first half and opened up the game for a score of 9-5 at the break. Those who witnessed the first Sailor-Tiger matchup in March saw much the same second half this time around; Valencia made its adjustments, but scoring slowed down as neither team was able to build real momentum. In the victory, eight different Sailors found the back of the net. O’Mahony, Blanchfield, Katie Hendrix, Caitlin Dwyer each scored twice, while Adena Rothbard scored once and tallied two assists.
Up next: Valencia (3-5) hosts Yorba Linda (1-7) on Thursday, April 23, while Newport Harbor (4-4) hosts the annual Battle of the Bay against Corona del Mar (5-5) on Saturday, April 18.
Submitted by Matthew Armstrong