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McLaren lifts Newport

Junior scores five goals as Sailors again beat rival CdM, this time in TOC quarters. Top-seeded Dos Pueblos is up next today.

January 14, 2011|By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com

Newport senior defender Catherine Carpenter was in foul trouble with two fouls. Then again, so was Murphy, a primary center for the Sea Kings. CdM had problems getting things going at two meters.

"We had to adjust [to playing much of the game without Carpenter]," said Sailors senior goalie Sarah Wilkey, who made eight saves. "But our defense was unstoppable this game. We played a great defensive game. We got things done."

CdM tried to rally in the third quarter. Senior Devon Greenlee scored bar-down on her team's first possession, and the Sea Kings soon had a six-on-five chance. But the shot was high, and the Sailors immediately drew an exclusion of their own. McLaren converted the aforementioned pass from Pender for a 4-2 lead.

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"That's difficult," McCormick said. "We always try to execute on our six-on-fives. It's a bummer when we can't, but we played a good team."

The lead grew to 5-2 on McLaren's strike from about eight meters out. After CdM senior Lauren Marks answered on a six-on-five, McLaren scored her final goal with four seconds left in the third quarter, and the Sailors were on their way.

Pippa Saunders also scored for the Sea Kings. Junior goalie Alex Musselman tied a season-low with five saves; the Sailors' shots usually found their mark.

"Alex is an awesome goalie, and she usually blocks everything," McLaren said. "It was a big thing for me to score some goals on her. I was super-stoked."

Pender had a strong all-around game for Newport Harbor with a goal, an assist and two steals. Carpenter also had two steals.

Now about that Dos Pueblos team.

"When we were freshmen they beat us," McLaren said of the CIF semifinal loss in 2009. "And last year, they did. They're always there, and they've always been up on us. We want to rally up and maybe break their winning streak. You don't know [what can happen]."

Newport advanced after defeating Long Beach Wilson, 7-4, in its opening-round game. McLaren and junior Sophie Leveque each scored twice, and Carpenter, Obenauer and Pender each added a goal.

The Sailors never trailed against the Bruins, but their lead was cut to 6-4 midway through the fourth quarter. But Leveque's power-play strike with 1:27 to go helped seal the victory.

CdM got past Santiago of Corona, 13-10, in its first-round game. Saunders and Cassidy Papa each scored four goals each, with McCormick and Murphy scoring twice and Greenlee adding a goal.

Musselman also had a strong game in the opener with 14 saves, two of those on penalty shots.

The Sea Kings led by as much as 9-5 in the third quarter. Santiago rallied within 11-10 with 3:17 left in the game on a power-play goal by junior Julia Kirkland, who had a game-high five goals.

But the Sea Kings got a six-on-five strike from McCormick, and Papa's goal from seven meters closed out the scoring.

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