COSTA MESA — Last year, the Kaiser Elementary girls' third- and fourth-grade gold division team won the championship at the Daily Pilot Cup, the school's first title at the annual tournament in nine years.
Kaiser would like to again be successful in the division this year, but Coach Jayme Amirie knows other teams in the division don't necessarily feel the same way toward his squad. Nor do they care that this year's Kaiser team has just one returner from last year's title team — Amirie's daughter, Jasmine.
"We've got to keep up the pressure," Jayme Amirie said Tuesday, after his team beat the Pegasus School, 4-1, in its tournament opener at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. "We beat Newport Heights in a penalty [shootout] last year. There were like 50 people on each side of the field going crazy. I know Newport Heights is gunning for us too."
A rematch would have to be in the finals, because Newport Heights is not in Kaiser's three-team pool. But what opponents of Kaiser are going to discover is that Hailey Simon is a force to be reckoned with.