COSTA MESA — The Los Angeles Lakers aren't the only team chasing a title these days behind the scoring wizardry of a player known as Kobe.
Mariners Christian School's version, forward Lauren Kobayashi, whom rooters exhorted and praised by the nickname Kobe, scored twice Tuesday to propel the Dolphins to a 4-1 Daily Pilot Cup triumph over Wilson in the pool-play opener of the girls' fifth- and sixth-grade gold division at the Farm Sports Complex.
Unlike her more heralded namesake, Kobe Bryant, Kobayashi had more than a handful of helpers on the Mariners Christian roster, as the Dolphins scored the game's first three goals, as well as its last.
Sara Smith opened the scoring for the winners, popping in a rebound that popped out of the grasp of the goalkeeper in front of the net just 24 seconds into the 25-minute first half.
Kobayashi then took over. She peppered the far side of the net with a shot from the right wing in the 11th minute, then saw her drive toward roughly the same spot go in, after a Mariners Christian player made a failed attempt to redirect it, for another first-half tally.