COSTA MESA — At around 5-foot-9, Jacob Ruelas already towers over all the other kids on the field at the Daily Pilot Cup.
But on Wednesday afternoon at Costa Mesa High, Ruelas showed Adams that he had the big leg to match.
Ruelas scored on a long direct free kick in the 13th minute, helping spur the Rea fifth- and sixth-grade silver division boys to a 3-0 victory.
The kick was so long, at around 40 yards straightaway, but Rea Coach Brian Garrido was confident. Garrido, a sophomore at Newport Harbor High, has seen Ruelas make shots like those in practice all the time. Sure enough, Ruelas nailed it, and it went off the Adams goalie's fingertips and in for the opening score of the game.
"I was confident I could make it," Ruelas said. "At my school, I can make it from half-field."
Jose Perez and Chris Martinez added second-half goals for Rea, which had a bit of trouble getting to the game. Minutes before the game time of 3:45 p.m., Rea had only four players at the field, but the rest showed up just in time.