COSTA MESA — Samantha Ogawa is one of the top defenders for the Waldorf School of Orange County boys' fifth- and sixth-grade bronze division team.
Don't let the division throw you off. Ogawa is assuredly a girl for Waldorf, along with five of her teammates. She and another girl, Kristina Marran-Fischer, help anchor the back line for Waldorf.
Waldorf plays co-ed at the Daily Pilot Cup, Ogawa said, because it's a really small school. But nobody can tease Waldorf for having girls on its team. The results don't lie.
"It's kind of fun to beat guys," Ogawa said after Waldorf defeated Christ Lutheran, 5-3, in Thursday's pool-play game at the Farm Sports Complex.
Waldorf won its three-team pool and advances to the bronze division semifinals on Sunday.
It was a team effort for Waldorf, which had Kobe Wood, Lars Bloch, Amadeo Gamboa, Chase Jacques and Bobby Oxford-Pope each score single goals. Goalie Sebastian Stirbu also made some big saves, finishing with eight of them.