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Sailors continue run in semifinals

High School Field Hockey

Defending champion Newport Harbor, which has won three straight TOC titles, will play at Glendora Wednesday.

November 01, 2011

The Newport Harbor High field hockey team is just two wins away from its fourth straight Los Angeles Field Hockey Assn. Tournament of Champions title.

The journey continues Wednesday, as the Sailors are at Glendora at 3:30 p.m. in a semifinal match.

Newport Harbor Coach Amanda Boyer, whose team shut out Chaminade, 2-0, in a first-round match Monday, said the Tars are playing well.

"They have the potential to win the whole thing," Boyer said. "I have the confidence in them. It's just a matter of them having the confidence in themselves."

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Junior Taury Hlinka and senior Courtney McIntosh (penalty stroke) scored in the first-round win. Boyer said Newport Harbor played good team defense and passed well.

Beating Glendora will not be easy. The Sailors (18-4-2) played Glendora to a scoreless tie on the road on Sept. 15. Glendora, which like Newport Harbor has a grass home field instead of field-turf, is the Sunset League north division champion.

Boyer said Glendora plays a really wide game and is quick to the ball.

"It'll be a tough matchup," she said.

Harvard-Westlake plays at Huntington Beach at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the other TOC semifinal. The championship match of the eight-team tournament is at 3 p.m. Thursday at Edison.

Newport Harbor has advanced to the title match nine of the past 10 years. Each of the title-game wins the last three years have been against rival Huntington Beach.

— Matt Szabo

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