“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.”