Messersmith said. "We had good spacing and we were able to get the
ball to the open player."
Kaiser wasted no time applying pressure as Jill Messersmith
centered a pass to Delaney McCradle, but Eastbluff goalkeeper Kendall
Mulvaney made a save in the first minute of action.
Kaiser scored in the third minute on a play similar to one two
minutes prior as Messersmith dribbled up the left sideline. Her
crossing pass skidded past the goalkeeper and to the far post where
Taury Hlinka finished the play with a goal.
Kaiser also had stellar defense as Kenya Avila stuffed the ball in
front of the right goal post after goalkeeper Casey Duckworth was
unable to make the stop.
Messersmith displayed more fancy footwork in the 10th minute as
she looked to pass the ball, but ended up dribbling the ball between
two defenders. Her eventual shot hit the far post.
Messersmith again created an open lane for herself in the 13th
minute, but instead of shooting the ball, she crossed it to Isabel
Mohr, whose shot was saved by Mulvaney.
The Knights stretched the lead to 2-0 in the 15th minute when McCardle ended the first half with a breakaway goal that found its
way past a diving goalkeeper.
McCardle extended the lead to 3-0 in the first minute of the
second half on another breakaway.
Hlinka scored the final goal, a shot that ricocheted off the
goalie, in the 27th minute.
Kaiser controlled the ball in the second half to run out the
"We had a good time," Irma Messersmith said. "[Opening the
tournament with a win] makes you feel confident."
Kaiser, which was the tournament runner-up last year, left the
field feeling confident, but the Eastbluff team was also happy with
the performance on the pitch.
"We put up a good fight for the group we had," Coach Brian
Mulvaney said. "I think we played with a lot of heart."
While Mulvaney said he was happy with the play of the entire team,
he pointed out the play of center defenseman Kylie Mulvaney, forward
Nikki Hevar, midfielder Bailey Beachump and center midfielder
"[Those players] really stepped up for us, even though we lost,"
Mulvaney said. "It's hard for us to play in the gold division, but
all of our girls played as hard as they could. I couldn't ask much
more from them. They played their hearts out."
Mulvaney said he was pleased with the effort of the players
because less than half of his team play soccer regularly and
Eastbluff is a smaller school than most in the tournament, meaning
less players to choose from.
Kaiser (1-0) plays Newport Heights (1-0) today at 4:45 with
Eastbluff (0-1) playing Harbor View (0-1) on an adjacent field at the