|By Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, Costa Mesa, Calif.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
In their first tournament as Under-13s, five Newport Beach girls helped the Blues take care of that.
It was a big weekend for the team's coaches, brothers
"This tournament is harder to win than State Cup,"
The Under-13 girls finished with 11 goals four, one against and five shutouts.
They opened the tournament with a 1-1 tie against Leahi,
The quarterfinals were against the Blues' sister team, Blues Kale, and ended up as yet another 2-0 win, behind goals from Gather and D'Aquila.
Regional rivals Legends FC awaited in the semifinals. The teams had played in
"We had watched film on our game vs. Legends in
Senske and D'Aquila scored second-half goals to give the Blues girls another 2-0 win and bring them back to the Surf Cup final, where they had made it in 2012 before falling in penalty kicks.
"That was fresh on their minds going into the 2014 final vs. one of the biggest club teams in the country, Dallas Sting,"
D'Aquila scored a penalty kick to give the Blues a 1-0 halftime lead, then scored again on a counterattack with about eight minutes left for an insurance goal.
Midfielders Chelf, Alvarado and Mickelsen, along with Shea (left defender), also contributed for the winners.
Doherty and Nadeau were big contributors for the Under-12 girls, who finished with 21 goals for and just one against. They defeated Slammers, 1-0, in the quarterfinals, and host San Diego Surf, 4-0, in the semifinals. In the final, they edged Arsenal of
"Avery had the first goal in the semis vs. Surf and an assist,"
Baker said the U12 and U13 teams, in their last 60 competitive games together combined, have won every tournament they have entered and haven't lost a game.
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