Newport Slips by Esperanza in a Battle of Comebacks

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Esperanza 10

Newport, March 24 – In the 2013 and 2014 seasons, the Aztec-Sailor rivalry heated up as the two teams split their league matchups each year.  This year promises 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.  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 break. 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 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 visitors to within one 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. Up next: Esperanza travels to Mater Dei on Thursday, March 26; Newport Harbor hosts Yorba Linda on Tuesday, March 31

Submitted by Matt Armstrong