COSTA MESA — When Newport Elementary stepped on the field at the Costa Mesa Farm Complex, the team of third- and fourth-grade girls saw a 5-foot-4 10-year-old.
Andersen's Kendall Kipp is tall for her age. Only her 6-8 father Harry stood out more, and he was on the sideline coaching.
Kendall started at goalkeeper Tuesday. With her height and range, getting a goal past her appeared difficult.
Seven minutes into the match, the other coach's daughter figured a way to get one past Kendall. Lexi Burke shot the ball low, giving Newport the momentum early en route to a 2-1 victory on the opening day of the Daily Pilot Cup.
Newport dominated most of the 50-minute match. The defense allowed no shots on goal in the first half.
Coach Greg Burke pulled his starting goalkeeper because she did not see much action.
But Andersen went to work two minutes into the second half, almost tying the match up. Ivy Helman's shot went wide left.