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Pilot Cup boys' 3-4 gold division: Binford delivers for MCS

Mariners Christian defender converts pair of penalty-kick game-winners, the latter against inspired Kaiser unit.

June 03, 2012|By Barry Faulkner
(Don Leach | Daily…)

COSTA MESA — For two 30-minute halves, Kyle Binford does his best to disarm scoring chances. But if penalty kicks are required, as they were twice on Sunday for his Mariners Christian School third- and fourth-grade boys' soccer team, the defender showed he certainly knows how to find the back of the net.

Binford converted a pair of game-winning penalty kicks Sunday to help the Dolphins claim the Daily Pilot Cup boys' gold division title at Jack Hammett Sports Complex.

Binford's driving shot toward the center of the cage went off the goalie's palms and into the net to cap a 4-3 advantage in PKs after Mariners Christian and Kaiser Elementary had played to a 2-2 tie in regulation time of the title match.

Binford also had the decisive PK in a morning semifinal triumph over Mariners to help the Dolphins eventually capture the school's fourth boys' gold division crown in 13 Pilot Cup appearances. Mariners Christian also won this division in 2010, 2004 and 2003.

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"I just try to go to the left corner, because its easier for me," said Binford, who admitted he did not get his second penalty kick of the day in the direction he wanted it.

Mariners Christian was guided by a co-coach with pro experience. Chris Klein, a former Major League Soccer player who last competed for the L.A. Galaxy two years ago, served as a co-coach for MCS.

Klein said Carson Klein, Stephen McMillan and Nolan Rhodes also scored in both penalty-kick sessions to help the Dolphins cap the youth soccer tournament with a 5-0 record.

Kaiser which turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead in the final, had two shots carom off the goal post and another off the crossbar in regulation. The Knights, coached by Paul Hillson, had penalty-kick conversions from Jack Starnes, Caden Garrido and Dylan Hillson.

The Knights, who posted a 4-3 semifinal triumph over Our Lady Queen of Angels earlier on Sunday, had goals from Ty Burgess and Starnes in regulation of the final.

Rhodes, another Mariners Christian defender, scored on a booming blast from near midfield to give Mariners Christian a 1-0 lead against Kaiser in the eighth minute.

But just two minutes later, Burgess equalized by lofting a high shot over the goalkeeper after getting behind the defense.

Kaiser went ahead in the 24th minute, when Starnes ran onto a through ball from the back line, carried down the right side, then directed a shot just inside the far post in the 26th minute.

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