Szabo: Prather, Deliz lead way for Sailors

February 01, 2014|By Matt Szabo
  • Newport Harbor High's Jessica Prather (14) and Rosalie Deliz (18) are team captains who have been providing leadership as the Sailors remain competitive despite injuries to key players.
Newport Harbor High's Jessica Prather (14) and… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

It has been an interesting season for the Newport Harbor High girls' soccer team, to say the least.

Upsetting Corona del Mar, 3-2, in the Battle of the Bay game in December was certainly a highlight. It was Newport's first win in the rivalry series in four years.

But days before that win, junior forward Gema Sanchez broke her fibula. And days after that win freshman sensation Sianna Siemonsma, up to that point the team's leading scorer, fractured her ankle.

The loss of firepower before the Sunset League began has hurt the Sailors, who sit at 0-3-3 in league with four games remaining.

"We have a lot of holes," Newport Harbor Coach Larry Draluck said. "Right now, we don't quite have a full team."


One thing that it's meant is that the Sailors have needed their senior captains more than ever. To that end, Jessi Prather and Rosalie Deliz have delivered for Newport Harbor.

Deliz, a four-year varsity player, has been steady at center back for the Sailors. She also scored on a free kick in a 1-1 tie with Huntington Beach on Thursday.

Prather, a three-year varsity player, has led the team with nine goals scored as she has played center midfield and forward. Prather, who has a 3.9 grade-point average at Harbor, has received academic and athletic scholarships to Colorado State University-Pueblo. She plans to sign with the ThunderWolves on Wednesday, in a ceremony at Newport Harbor.

"It's kind of been frustrating," Prather said of the Sailors' slide, which has them in last place in the six-team league. "But I don't know, I'm just in it for the fun. The girls are awesome ... I have to remember they're sophomores in high school. I think we have a lot of potential in the future. I would say three-fourths of our team is new this year, first-year varsity."

"A lot of the girls are just really, really young .... [but] we're just one big family. Me and Rosalie are the older sisters."

Draluck praised the play of Deliz and junior Brooke Zachry in the back. Deliz, who said she does not plan to play soccer in college, has enjoyed her role as an "older sister" to her teammates.

"It's definitely a lot of learning and teaching," Deliz said. "It's a little bit stressful sometimes, but I like the responsibility. It's nice to help someone else out."

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