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Girls' Soccer: Sailors stun Sea Kings

Newport Harbor gets goals from Holland, Siemonsma, Prather and earns first BOTB win in four years.

December 17, 2013|By Matt Szabo
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

It's understood what Newport Harbor High girls' soccer coach Larry Draluck means when he calls his Sailors "the stepsisters" of the Battle of the Bay rivalry.

Corona del Mar is more talented in most years and also more high-profile, with a handful of Division 1 recruits.

"Usually, they are like big-time," Draluck said.

But on Tuesday afternoon at CdM, the stepsisters played a beautiful game of "the beautiful game."

Newport Harbor took it to the host Sea Kings, hanging on for a 3-2 upset victory, the Sailors' first in the series in four years.

Junior Toni Holland, freshman Sianna Siemonsma and senior Jessi Prather all scored for Newport Harbor (4-4), which overcame an early deficit and rallied after a lackluster showing at last week's Aliso Cup, where the Sailors lost three of four games.

"One of the wonderful things about soccer is that it's an unpredictable sport," Draluck said. "I hoped that my girls would compete, and they definitely did that, so I'm happy. We played to clog the midfield. Yeah, they were holding the ball and doing some things, but they couldn't really get behind [us]. We clogged the midfield a little bit, and I think once we scored a goal we came out of our shell and were a little more confident. At the beginning of the game, from my standpoint, we were nervous."

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The nervous play was not helped as CdM (1-1-2) took the lead in the 21st minute after a corner kick by junior Shelby Brown. Senior Miranda Stiver volleyed the ball back into the box, and CdM freshman Hunter Gantos tapped it back Newport junior keeper Erika Nilsson.

CdM boys' soccer players in the stands started a chant of "If you're winning and you know it, clap your hands." But the Sailors hung in there.

Twelve minutes later, Holland tied the score, directing a perfectly placed header off Prather's corner kick into the right side of the goal. Holland, who was a steady midfielder for the Sailors, said she was inspired by junior teammate Gema Sanchez, who broke her leg in a victory over Peninsula on Saturday.

"We tried to do it for Gema, because that's what she would have wanted," Holland said.

The Sailors took the lead just two minutes into the second half, when Siemonsma stole the ball after a CdM defensive miscommunication. She was able to score on her shot from the left, which came from an extreme angle.

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