LIHUE — Kapaa’s Paris Tangelder scored two goals to lead the Kapaa Wahine Warriors to a 3-1 win over the Waimea Menehune girls Saturday, wrapping up a day of five Kauai Interscholastic Federation soccer matches at both Vidinha Stadium and Hanapepe Stadium.
Earlier, Kapaa’s Kirra Lindman went up the middle and fired a shot on goal from about 15 yards out. The shot ricocheted off Waimea goalkeeper Leiko Yamauchi’s glove, but without the necessary power to clear the goal mouth, the ball was snagged the top of the net in the seventh minute.
The goal was secondary to an earlier attempt where the Warrior shooter’s ball clanged against the goal mouth frame and the ground before being cleared by the Menehune defense. Despite an appeal the ball broke the plane, there was no goal allowed and play continued.
Waimea answered the opening mark in the 18th minute when Jenessa Freitas found the net off a corner kick to deadlock the match, 1-1, until the 33rd minute when Tangelder found the first of her two goals on the day for a 2-1 Kapaa edge at the break.
Tangelder iced the win in the 57th minute with her final goal.
“This is still a very young team,” said Waimea Athletic Director Jon Kobayashi. “We don’t have a junior varsity girls team because we moved everyone up to the varsity level.”
Earlier in the day, Kapaa opened its trip to Hanapepe on a winning note after La‘a Gonsalves found the net twice in the first half to lead the Kapaa varsity boys to a 3-1 edge over the Menehune men.
Gonsalves scored in the final 10 minutes of play following a physical, defensive slugfest. He scored first at the 30th minute and found the net with a second score at the 38th minute for the 2-0 bulge at the break.
Kellen O’Rourke opened the second half for Kapaa with his goal in the 49th minute before the Menehune finally found the back of the net in the 52nd minute on a goal by Levi Snowden.
The physical nature of the boys’ match was demonstrated in the second half when Makoa Vanaman drew a yellow card for persistent infringements and dissent, and a pair of unsporting behavior fouls cost Keith Kanna two yellow cards, leading to a red card being issued.
Kapaa claimed a sweep at the Hanapepe Stadium after the Warrior junior varsity boys held off a second-half rally by Waimea to take a 2-1 edge off the field.
John Movager scored two goals for Kapaa, both in the first half, before Waimea answered with a goal from Wyatt Hartsell in the second half.
Over at Vidinha Stadium, the varsity Kauai boys and the Island School boys battled to a 0-0 stalemate in the boys’ initial foray onto the fields for the 2018 KIF season. Both teams demonstrated strength and power, but no one could find the extra surge needed to close the door.
No scores were available for the Kauai varsity girls, sitting at 2-0 overall entering the field against the Voyagers.
Island School boys next host Kapaa Tuesday at the Island School field in a single contest starting at 4 p.m. The Kapaa varsity girls will go up against the Voyager women Wednesday in a single contest starting at 4 p.m.
Kauai High School will travel to Hanapepe Stadium for a double-header Wednesday when the varsity boys kick off starting at 2:15 p.m. followed by the girls going at 4:15 p.m.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.