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.