COSTA MESA — While observing just how young some players are at the 13th annual Daily Pilot Cup, one would only need to watch Aidan Gassel complete his hat trick.
After he dribbled past a drawn-out goalie, the Newport Elementary forward had the goal all to himself. But his black headband was slipping off the top of his head. So in the 29th minute, Gassel adjusted it during his run, while continuing to dribble, and scored easily.
One wouldn't really imagine a professional player like L.A. Galaxy forward Landon Donovan doing that.
Gassel's goals, along with two more by Marlon Chavarria, helped Newport win its third- and fourth-grade bronze division pool-play game, 5-0, over Sonora of Costa Mesa.
Newport (1-1) stayed alive for a potential semifinal berth in the third- and fourth-grade pool standings. It is in second place behind St. John (2-0), who they play at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex.