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Girls' Soccer

Estancia steps up to play to a scoreless tie with Newport Harbor at Jim Scott Stadium.

December 15, 2011|By Matt Szabo

COSTA MESA — For the first time in Coach Jessica Perry's four-year tenure, the Estancia High girls' soccer team played a nonleague game against Newport Harbor on Thursday.

Being the Eagles' girls' athletic director can have its perks. Perry is in charge of setting up her team's schedule.

"We were at a big meeting and [Newport Harbor A.D.] Mike Zimmerman said, 'You should schedule a game with us.'" Perry said. "And I said, 'You're right, we should.'"

Thursday's game at Jim Scott Stadium was not without drama. Lightning went off in the distance every few minutes, and it started raining as the game ended.

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Nothing changed on the scoreboard, though, where the Eagles and Sailors played to a scoreless draw.

It was the second straight week the Eagles, who play in CIF Southern Section Division IV, tied a bigger — both in school size and in physical stature — Division I interdistrict foe. They tied Corona del Mar, 1-1, on Dec. 6.

"I'm very happy with the girls that we have here," Perry said. "I'm happy with the fight that they put up. We're small, but mighty."

Newport Harbor Coach Larry Draluck said he was surprised his team didn't beat Estancia. The Sailors (1-4-2) did create more scoring opportunities, most of those by junior Jill Messersmith.

The best one came in the first half, when Messersmith played give-and-go with senior Josie Jogwe. The left-footed Messersmith's shot from the left side of the box went back across the goal but trickled just wide right.

Messersmith also nearly scored in the 45th minute, but her free kick from 30 yards out went just over the goal. The Sailors tried to keep the pressure on, but Jogwe was called for offsides three times in the second half. Perry credited her junior defender, Teresa Romero, for helping limit Jogwe's touches.

"We don't run an offside trap, per se, but we definitely work hard to get forward," Perry said. "What happens to us is we clear the ball and we're not big in the middle, so if we lose the ball in the middle it comes right back. If we haven't pushed up, then that girl's onside all day long. We're trying to push up as a unit a little faster to catch people offside."

Estancia (3-4-2) tried to counter the Sailors' momentum. Senior Heather Flores created two corner kick opportunities in the second half, but the Eagles were turned away each time behind stellar defense from senior defender Shannon Boler and senior goalie Meaghan Kay (seven saves).

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