NEWPORT BEACH — Members of the Newport Harbor High girls' soccer team joined hands to make a long line after their Sunset League opener.
Then they rolled into each other. The mass of bodies eventually turned into a big circle near the middle of Davidson Field, like a big hug.
Despite a tough preseason, it's nothing but positive vibes for the Sailors. They believe this is the year they can make an impact in league.
They got off to a good start Thursday evening, dominating play and beating Marina, 3-0.
Junior Josie Jogwe scored twice and assisted on senior Natalie Swift's goal for the Sailors (2-8-3). Newport Harbor looked like it was ready for primetime under the lights, even if was the team's first win since the season-opening one against Baldwin Park on Dec. 2.
"It's difficult for the players," Coach Larry Draluck said. "I have to keep encouraging them to keep believing in themselves, and understand that their hard work is going to pay off. I've been very happy with 80% of the soccer that we've been playing. We've done some silly things because we're not the most experienced soccer team, and only a handful of players play for the most competitive clubs. But I'm very happy. Today, we cashed in."