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Pilot Cup girls' 5-6 gold division: Andersen again on top

Bartz's hat trick helps Dolphins win girls' fifth- and sixth-grade gold division for fourth time.

June 03, 2012|By Matt Szabo
(Don Leach | Daily…)

COSTA MESA — Right before taking a penalty kick Sunday, Andersen Elementary student Julie Bartz heard some words of encouragement from her mother, Cathy.

"You can do it!" Cathy Bartz said. "You practice this every day!"

Julie put away the penalty kick into the middle of the goal. She had so much fun doing it, she scored twice more after that.

Her hat trick helped Andersen defeat Lincoln, 4-0, in the Daily Pilot Cup girls' fifth- and sixth-grade gold division title match Sunday at Jack Hammett Sports Complex.

Andersen won the division for the fourth time in 13 Daily Pilot Cups, but first time since 2009. The Dolphins have won 11 overall gold division titles in girls' competition, the most of any school at the tournament.

"I'm really proud of their hard work and their focus," Andersen Coach Kathryn Hoffman said of this year's squad.

Andersen did not give up a regulation goal all tournament, behind a tough defense anchored by left defender Parker Hoffman, center defender Abby Redman, right defender Shannon Duss and goalie Chloe Harbilas.

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Redman stepped up in goal on the tournament's final day. Harbilas, who plays club water polo for CdM Aquatics, had a Junior Olympic qualification tournament to attend Sunday in Mission Viejo. Redman played keeper in Andersen's 4-2 shootout victory over Mariners in the semifinals, and also in the second half of the championship match, when she recorded two saves. Harbilas made five saves in the first half of the title match before heading back to water polo.

Parker Hoffman said the shootout victory over Mariners, coming after the teams played to a scoreless tie in regulation, gave Andersen a lot of momentum. Mariners also did not allow a regulation goal in the tournament.

"They were one of the best teams," Parker Hoffman said. "They had the most points. We were nervous that we were going to get creamed. In the penalty kicks, it was a little scary, but Abby, our great goalkeeper, she saved two of them."

Sophie Wallace, Siena Secrist, Bartz and Duss converted penalty kicks in the semifinal victory.

After Bartz' penalty kick in the 15th minute of the title match put Andersen on the board, the Dolphins used some teamwork to strike again. Hoffman passed the ball to Wallace, who found Bartz for another goal in the 23rd minute.

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