NEWPORT BEACH — It looked like the shot in the closing minutes bounced square off the noggin of Newport Harbor High sophomore goalie Cleo Harrington.
Harrington said it only hit her on the right shoulder before brushing by her face. If she had taken the head shot in the key Sunset League girls' water polo game, it still wouldn't have been an issue.
"I don't mind it, as long as it doesn't go in," she said.
The Sailors' resiliency certainly went a long way Wednesday night in possibly determining the league champion.
Newport Harbor appears poised to take back the crown after rallying in the fourth quarter for a huge victory over Los Alamitos, 9-7, at Newport Harbor High.
The Sailors (12-4, 3-0 in league), ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division I coaches' poll, are now in outright first place with two league games remaining. They can secure their fifth outright Sunset League crown in six years, and the important CIF Southern Section Division I seeding that goes with it, by beating Marina on Feb. 1 and Edison on Feb. 8.