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Sage Hill denied by rival

Girls' Soccer

St. Margaret's, featuring some Newport Beach residents, shuts out Lightning to open Academy League play.

January 05, 2012|By Matt Szabo

NEWPORT COAST — The last time the Sage Hill School girls' soccer team played host to rival St. Margaret's, the game was scoreless until the Tartans struck in the final minutes.

St. Margaret's Coach Johnny Marmelstein remembers the game last year well. He said before Thursday's Academy League opener that he once again expected a battle.

"I don't think we'll ever get two easy games against Sage Hill," Marmelstein said. "It'll never happen."

This time the Tartans did not wait until the end to start scoring goals. They scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the contest and blanked Sage Hill, 3-0.

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St. Margaret's, the defending CIF Southern Section Division VI champion and going for its fourth straight outright league title, took the upper hand over its rival. A player who did not live too far away made it happen.

Tartans senior forward Katie Donahue, a Newport Beach resident, streaked through the midfield in the 11th minute. She fed the ball up to her left to Regan Anderson, who crossed it in front of the goal. Senior forward Katie Fragapane knocked it in, and the Tartans had an early lead.

The Tartans (4-4-3) extended it four minutes later, when McKenna Marmelstein scored off a corner kick. Donahue, a Stanford commit who scored that deciding goal last year, said getting off to a fast start was important.

"We always expect a fight from them, especially here at their field," said Donahue, last year's Division VI Player of the Year. "We know that this is probably the biggest game of our league season."

St. Margaret's has several other Newport Beach residents, including Natalie and Alexa Barbaresi, Emma Morris and CdM resident Angelika Robertson. Natalie Barbaresi, a senior, made plays from the outside back position. She and Donahue executed several nice give-and-go plays.

"We've been playing together for four years," Donahue said. "I've been playing with Natalie a long time. It's nice to have her especially come up on offense, even though she's an outside back."

Sage Hill (5-3-2) did not get down. The Lightning kept battling. Their best chance in the first half came after a nice run down the field by sophomore Meg Crade earned a corner kick. Senior Noosha Deravi placed the kick right in front of the goal, but St. Margaret's headed the ball out of danger.

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