COSTA MESA — Maddie Musselman spent the first half, lounging in goal.
The Andersen Elementary School sixth-grader didn't mean it as disrespect to her opponent. She was just bored. So she took a seat. There were no shots coming. She only sat and watched her friends score on the other side. Four goals.
In the second half, it was her turn to play in the field, a rarity for the goalie. And, what do you know, she found the back of the net, a sweet highlight in Andersen's 6-0 win over Killybrooke Friday afternoon at the Costa Mesa Farm Complex.
With the win Andersen won its pool and continued on its quest to win its fourth straight championship in the girls' fifth- and sixth-grade gold division.
"That's one of the first times I played in the field," Musselman said. "It was fun."
Musselman is no stranger to providing highlights in the Pilot Cup. She's been an important part of three championships in her time at Andersen, winning two straight on the third- and fourth-grade level. Last year, she could've taken home the game ball. She stopped two shots during a penalty-kick shootout in the championship game. She was also the goalie in a title game that ended in penalties in 2008. That gave Andersen its seventh straight title in the girls' third-and fourth-grade gold division.