Eastbluff trounces Mariners

Daily Pilot Cup

Senske hat trick keys 5-0 win, but Marlins players celebrated, even in defeat.

June 01, 2013|By Barry Faulkner
  • Eastbluff's Madison Trester congratulates Kimmie Bigi on a goal against Mariners during a girls' 5-6 bronze division game at the Daily Pilot Cup on Friday.
Eastbluff's Madison Trester congratulates Kimmie… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

COSTA MESA — Cyndi Lauper would have loved the Mariners Elementary fifth- and sixth-grade girls' bronze division soccer team that proved, even in the face of stifling defeat on Friday, that "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

Lauper's signature anthem of the 1980s could have been the theme song for the Marlins, though it was Eastbluff that also clearly enjoyed its 5-0 triumph in the Daily Pilot Cup soccer tournament at Jack Hammett Sports Complex.

After Eastbluff scored on more than half of its nine shots, while allowing Mariners just one shot from well outside the 18-yard box, it was Mariners players who followed the match-ending whistle with a bounding circle of screaming players more typically associated with victory.

Already trailing by the five-goal margin, it was Mariners players who shrieked and giggled and teased one another in the closing minutes of the game, prompting smiles from their conquering rivals.

"They had good sportsmanship," Eastbluff standout Nikki Senske said of the Marlins' players, though Eastbluff coaches Patrick Senske and Dave Wood also showed class by directing their girls not to score about halfway through the 25-minute second half.


"That's what this team was all about," Mariners Coach Lori Williams said when questioned about her girls' loud and seemingly joyous response to a match that evened their tournament record at 1-1. "We're just here to have fun."

As it had shown in its 5-0 tournament-opening victory, the Otters were there to create scoring chances. The team of all fifth-graders, who won the third- and fourth-grade bronze division title as a unit in 2011, showcased its speed, unselfishness and organization to trounce a Mariners squad that had topped Newport Coast, 4-0, in its opener.

"I think we played well and we passed the ball well," Patrick Senske said. "It was fun."

Madison Trester, part of four sets of twins playing for the Otters, opened the scoring in the fifth minute, when she pushed a shot through the legs of the goalkeeper after the ball popped loose inside the 18-yard box.

In the 16th minute, the first of two Paige Wood assists led to the first of three goals by Nikki Senske, the lone club player for Eastbluff who was clearly the best player on the field.

Kimmie Bigi ran onto a through ball from Bronwyn Tosh in the 18th minute and scored on a breakaway to finalize the first-half scoring.

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