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Anish back at Newport Heights

Anish returns to Newport Heights to coach. Former Pilot Cup player guides school to 5-0 win against Lincoln.

May 28, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Newport Heights' William Haide, right, kicks the ball during a Daily Pilot Cup boys' third- and fourth-grade silver division game against Lincoln on Tuesday.
Newport Heights' William Haide, right, kicks the… (KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

COSTA MESA — Alon Anish played in the Daily Pilot Cup six years ago.

Anish is now coaching in it.

Anish is back on the field with Newport Heights Elementary School. Anish is more used to directing a team in between the lines as a central midfielder than on the sideline as a coach.

Making the 17-year-old's job easier is having a talented third- and fourth-grade team.

Newport Heights opened the 14th annual Pilot Cup with a convincing 5-0 victory against Lincoln in a silver division match at Costa Mesa High on Tuesday.

"Most of the boys really know how to actually play, which is really helpful," Anish said. "Once I got their positions down and they could stick with it and just work hard, anything could happen.

"I'm loving what I'm seeing so far. I think we got a good shot at [winning] this tournament this year."

Anish led his former school to a 3-0 lead in the first half. James Eadie, Hayden Farley and Noah Foigelman each produced goals.

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In the second half, Eidie added a second goal, five minutes after William Haide's breakaway goal in the 28th minute. Eidie gave Newport Heights a 5-0 lead.

At this point, Anish yelled to his players, "Cut it. Just pass it." Anish believed his team would lose a point if it scored more than six goals against Lincoln.

But the rules state if a team wins by five or more goals, it would get penalized a point. Instead of earning 10 possible points, six for winning, three for recording at least three goals and one for turning in a shutout, Newport Heights came away with nine points.

It has been a while since Anish has been involved with the tournament. Back when he played, he said his team played 10-minute quarters.

"These little kids probably get tired," said Anish, referring to the 25-minute halves. "I was surprised when they were doing halves."

Newport Heights secured the shutout with the help of Aiden Brutman and Foigelman, who shared the goalkeeper duties.

Brutman played the first half. His biggest stops came 10 minutes into the match. One of Lincoln's taller players tried to get to a loose ball in the box, but Brutman kicked the ball away a couple of times.

Lincoln striker Bennett Lombardo came close to ruining the shutout bid late. Lombardo unleashed a shot near the post, which went wide.

Anish ran down the sideline, hoping it would. He's passionate about the game. Anish said he spent most of the last school year in England playing for one of Manchester City FC's academy teams.

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