COSTA MESA — Familiarity seemed to be the theme through most of the girls’ fifth and sixth-grade gold division championship game of the Daily Pilot Cup.
The parents of Andersen Elementary girls knew the names of players from Carden Hall, and vice versa. Many of the players on each team competed for the same Newport Beach-based Slammer Futbol Club team. Andersen and Carden Hall have traded punches before recently in title games of the Daily Pilot Cup, the youth soccer tournament that completed its 11th year Sunday.
They know each other well.
About the only aspect that appeared different was the girls’ fifth- and sixth-grade gold division champion.
Maddie Kernan and the Carden Hall Eagles made sure of that.
Kernan scored in the 48th minute, as Carden Hall won, 1-0, and halted Andersen’s quest for a fourth straight championship, at the Costa Mesa Farm Complex.