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Daily Pilot Cup: Rea on cloud nine

Rea wins its ninth Daily Pilot Cup in fifth- and sixth-grade gold division with 8-0 win against Wilson.

June 06, 2010|By David Carrillo Penaloza

COSTA MESA — When three o’clock rolled around in the afternoon on Sunday, it finally hit Ryan Baker that he forgot to eat. Someone tried to grab Baker a hot dog a couple hours earlier at the Costa Mesa Farm Complex, but the hot dogs ran out.

Baker told people he was starving. His Rea Elementary School boys’ soccer team looked just as hungry.

The Sharks chewed up Wilson.

Rea easily beat Wilson, 8-0, and earned its ninth fifth- and sixth-grade Daily Pilot Cup gold division title in the last 10 years. The reward, beside a fourth straight crown, was a slice of more than history to the coach.

“Now, we’re going to be off for pizza,” said Baker, who deserved a pizza all to himself.

The goal at Rea is to win every time out. The only time that hasn’t happened this decade was in 2006.

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Baker expected to prevail, not in the form Rea displayed for 60 minutes. The Sharks turned in a dominating performance on the offensive and defensive ends.

Pablo Arriaga recorded a game-high three goals. Luis Perdomo scored twice, and Brandon Varela, Brandon Rodriguez and Ricardo Vargas each scored once.

The defense, anchored by goalkeeper Victor Negrete and Varela at sweeper, shut down Wilson. No other team during the six-day tournament had blanked Wilson.

During the pre-game talk, Baker told his players the keys to the match.

“In the first five minutes, we need two goals to put them away,” said Baker, whose team in each of the previous four games scored once in the first five minutes, but never twice. “Most teams, they play their best game against Rea. If we come out and get two goals, obviously the team is demoralized. If we let them stay in the game, they start gaining confidence, and they think they have a chance to win.”

Rea never gave Wilson a chance. Wilson didn’t give itself one either.

Wilson Coach Tony Robles said his players were a little intimidated by Rea’s decorated program. The pressure stage was set before the match.

The teams lined up in the middle of the field, giving the match a World Cup feel to it.
Arriaga delivered the world-class goal in the second minute. Arriaga scored with a shot that found the upper-right corner of the net.

Arriaga scored again. This time, he used his head after Raymundo Davila, from the right side, sent a cross deep in the box in the 19th minute.

The Sharks fell way short of the two-goals-in-the-first-five-minutes objective. They weren’t falling short of the ultimate prize.

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