COSTA MESA — Coach Patrick Senske knows his Daily Pilot Cup team is young.
The Eastbluff Elementary third- and fourth-grade bronze division girls actually don't have any fourth graders at all. They're almost all third-graders, with two second-graders — Nikki Senske and Paige Wood — also in the mix.
But what Eastbluff may lack in physical stature, it makes up for in speed. The girls showed that to College Park on Saturday at Costa Mesa High, in a bronze division quarterfinal match.
Behind four goals from Natalie Hueston, Eastbluff sped its way past College Park, 6-0, and into today's semifinals. Eastbluff will play in a semifinal at 11:30 a.m.; the division final is set for 3 p.m. at field No. 6 of the Costa Mesa Farm Sports Complex.
"They're very excited to play for their school," Patrick Senske said. "They're playing well together and they're having a great time. We're small, but we're kind of fast. I'm just proud of them, because the last two or three games we've gotten knocked around. But they keep getting up and keep fighting. A lot of tears, but they recover quick."