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Sailors possess victory

SOCCER: Newport Harbor scores three goals in first 20 minutes and keeps ball away from Estancia to earn first win.

December 05, 2007|By Matt Szabo

“I have really high standards for the level of play,” Draluck said after watching his team improve to 1-0-1. “We still have a long road ahead of us to be able to play the type of soccer that we’re looking to play this season. We show flashes of doing the right things, but there’s a lot of bad habits. We play too fast. We give the ball away too much and our defense becomes unorganized. Those are some of the issues that we’re facing.”

Estancia’s issues Tuesday stemmed from a lack of bodies, Coach Steve Crenshaw said. The Eagles (4-3) were missing sophomore defender Katy Mendez (doctor’s appointment) and junior defender Natalie Plascencia wasn’t feeling well.

“We just got down to where we didn’t have any bodies left to put out there,” Crenshaw said. “Those kind of things hurt you when you’re playing a team as deep as [Newport Harbor]. They were a little too fast for us.”

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Crenshaw added that the Eagles are young, as freshman forward Jackie Freiberger has stood out. Tuesday, he also put freshman Erin O’Neil in as a defensive stopper, a position she has never played but one where she more than held her own.

But the Sailors added their fourth goal in the 56th minute, when Ohlhaver avoided a defender near the left post, kept her balance and scored.

“[Ohlhaver] is one player I don’t have to coach too much,” Draluck said. “Her work rate is phenomenal.”

Newport Harbor defenders Katy Storch, Jordan Murrel and Crystal Mena helped make sure their goal was secure and nearly preserved the shutout, along with freshman goalie Sydney King (five saves).

Estancia, which had several nice runs from Nushin Tasbichi and scoring chances from Taylor West, scored in the 73rd minute. Freiberger earned a free kick just outside the box that senior Stacy McDaniels converted.

Sophomore goalie Allyson Wallace made seven saves for the Eagles.


MATT SZABO may be reached at (714) 966-4614 or by e-mail at matthew.szabo@latimes.com.

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