But Tuesday at Newport Harbor High, Schneekluth’s hat trick instead meant blues for the Sailors. Their 3-1 Sunset League loss dealt a severe blow to their CIF playoff hopes.
Edison (7-7-4, 3-3 in league) leapfrogs over Newport Harbor (6-6-6, 2-4-1) in the fight for the third CIF Southern Section Division I playoff spot the league provides. Schneekluth made it possible with her goals in the 12th, 50th and 73rd minutes.
“Since she plays for Larry, she had a little, you know, ‘Here you go, Larry,’ ” Edison Coach Kerry Crooks said. “It’s kind of fun.”
Not for Newport Harbor, which worked so hard in the first half only to come away scoreless. Sophomore Gillian Hogan had maybe the best chance, when she stole a pass intended for Edison goalie Cassie Becker in the 39th minute and had open net in front of her. The cross from the left would drift wide.
Elizabeth Eddy earned three corner kicks in the first half and Hogan collected two more to open the second half, but Newport Harbor would score its only goal when Melissa Hancock provided her team’s sixth corner kick in the 58th minute.
The kick in from Eddy was headed at the top of the box by senior Carly Ruiz, deflected off an Edison player near the post and went into the net, pulling the Sailors within 2-1.
Newport Harbor pushed all its players up in hopes of finding an equalizer. But, when the ball got played near midfield, that plan backfired. Schneekluth sped past a defender and found an open net in the 73rd minute, giving the Chargers an insurance goal.
“We played extremely hard,” Draluck said. “We went for the result. One of the dangers of pushing people into the attack is that you’re vulnerable to counterattacks, and we made three grave mistakes. We basically gave the ball to them while we were spread out, and they capitalized. We’ve just got to make better plays under pressure.”