Girls' Soccer: Siemonsma shines

Freshman has a goal and an assist as Newport Harbor tops Estancia. Frederiksen, Ward not playing for Sailors.

December 06, 2013|By Matt Szabo
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

As No. 24 for the Los Angeles Lakers nears a comeback, No. 24 for the Newport Harbor High girls' soccer team is in her first days of high school soccer.

Sailors freshman Sianna Siemonsma doesn't yet have a cool nickname on the pitch, like the "Black Mamba" nickname that people sometimes call Kobe Bryant. But give her time. She is that good.

What Siemonsma gives the Sailors is something they have struggled to find in recent years, a playmaker up top. She scored a goal and had an assist Thursday night, as Newport Harbor earned a 2-0 nonleague victory over host Estancia at Jim Scott Stadium.

"She's going to be a handful for a lot of teams," Newport Coach Larry Draluck said of Siemonsma. "She's still got a long way to go, a lot to learn, but she's definitely got the strength and speed to be a scoring threat."

Siemonsma created her first goal in the 29th minute, rushing up the right side of the field following a goal kick by freshman keeper Katie Robinson. Her shot was blocked by Estancia junior keeper Gianna Guyot, earning a corner kick.


Siemonsma took Melisa Camano's corner kick and headed it into the back of the net, giving the Sailors the lead.

In the second half, she drew a crowd near the left side of the box before passing it to senior midfielder Jessi Prather up top. Prather angled her shot into the left corner, giving the Sailors an insurance goal in the 66th minute.

Newport Harbor (2-1) played much better after halftime overall, holding onto possession more. Prather gave credit to her coach.

"When we're not playing that well in the first half, he just gives us so much advice during halftime that gets us ready for the second half," Prather said. "Our first touch was off, we were rushing and we weren't playing as a team. The main thing that he emphasizes is for us to play as a team. He kept saying that over and over again, and then we finally just let it sink in. It all ended up working out in the end."

But two of the Sailors' best players from last year aren't on this year's squad. Draluck said senior goalie Rowan Frederiksen and junior wing Natalie Ward decided not to play high school soccer this year.

Frederiksen and Ward, who have committed to Colorado College and Notre Dame respectively, both play club for Newport Beach-based Slammers FC. In July, they were on the Slammers Under-16 team that advanced all the way to the Elite Clubs National League championship match in Henrico, Va.

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