Newport Harbor High senior midfielder Emily Johnson and junior forward Sadie Pitchess shared the Wave League girls’ soccer MVP award after helping the Sailors win their first league title since the 1985-86 season. CLICK HERE to read more.
“It was basically the perfect senior season that you could ask for, making it further in CIF than I ever have and just the team overall,” she said. “Being close with the other seniors was awesome, too. Yeah, I think it was a great way to end my high school experience, for sure. I feel like this year also leaves a precedent for future years. That makes me really proud that I’m able to leave that, especially as a senior.”
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First Team – M Emily Johnson, Newport Harbor, Sr.
Second Team – D Samara Golan, Newport Harbor, So.
Second Team – M Reese Bodas, Newport Harbor, So.
OC Register: Newport Harbor girls soccer blanks Santa Margarita, advances to Division 1 quarterfinals
Newport Harbor got a clutch goal from Emily Johnson and played exceptional defense in a 1-0 victory over Santa Margarita in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1 girls soccer playoffs Friday at Santa Margarita High School.
The victory puts the Sailors (18-2-6), who are ranked No. 7 in Division 1, in the quarterfinals for the first time in Coach Justin Schroeder’s three-year tenure. On Wednesday, the Sailors defeated Mission Viejo 1-0 for its first postseason win since 2011. Click here to read more.
Some good scoring chances came and went for the Newport Harbor High girls’ soccer team in the first half Wednesday night.
Still, it felt like a goal was coming for the Sailors against Mission Viejo in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1
Newport Harbor (15-2-5, 3-0 in league) has established itself as the favorite in the four-team Wave League, the lower division of the Sunset Conference which also includes Laguna Beach, Marina and Fountain Valley. Coach Justin Schroeder said his team is after the first league title in program history. Newport Harbor, ranked No. 7 in Division 1, has many skilled players and is particularly strong in the midfield with players like UC Santa Barbara-bound senior Emily Johnson and Sofia Velazquez, the two co-captains, as well as sophomore Reese Bodas.
“It looks like all of the teams that are in Division 1 in the Sunset Conference [Los Alamitos, Newport Harbor, Edison, Corona del Mar and Huntington Beach] could make the Division 1 playoffs,” Schroeder said. “We could all see each other again.
“We’re excited we get to compete for a league championship and hopefully get back into CIF. We’re happy to play any of those Surf teams again. I’m sure they’d be happy to see us, too. If somehow us and Corona del Mar get matched up in CIF, that would be wild.”
Reese Bodas and Skylynn Rodriguez scored goals as the Newport Harbor High girls’ soccer team beat visiting Laguna Beach 2-1 in Thursday’s Wave League opener.
Kenna Robar and Sadie Pitchess had assists for Newport Harbor, which improved to 12-2-5 overall and plays at Fountain Valley on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Click here to read more.
Daily Pilot: High School Female Athlete of the Week: ‘Peanut’ playing big for Newport Harbor girls’ soccer
Newport Harbor High sophomore Reese Bodas is better known as “Peanut,” not only to her teammates on the girls’ soccer field but also among many of her classmates at school.
Bodas got the nickname on her first club team, as a 7-year-old for Slammers FC. The team was coached by Daily Pilot Cup tournament director Kirk McIntosh and also featured five players — Nicole Laz,
With a wink and a nod, the Newport Harbor High set piece was in motion.
Senior midfielder Emily Johnson dropped her right foot onto a free kick, sending the soccer ball into a crowd of bodies to the left side of the net. Click here to read more.
Mackenzee Blaser and Reese Bodas each scored for the Newport Harbor High girls’ soccer team in Saturday’s 2-0 win over visiting Pacifica in the Best in the West Winter Soccer Classic ABCD division championship match. Click here to read more.