apa’a Warrior varsity girls cap an undefeated 9-0 seasonBy NICK ABRAMO
TGI Sports Editor
HANAPEPE — The Kaua’i High School junior varsity boys
and girls teams clinched KIF titles on Saturday at Hanapepe Stadium.
Kaua’i High Red Raider boys team — locked in a dogfight against the Kapa’a
Warriors all season long — scored a 2-1 victory over the Warriors.
Raider girls team played Kapa’a to a 4-4 tie to stay ahead in the
There were also two varsity girls games on Saturday. Kapa’a
edged Kaua’i High 4-3, while Waimea dropped Island/Kula 12-0.
Kaua’i 2, Kapa’a 1
Koji Nakaya had the winning goal for
the Red Raiders, while teammate Kalen Carveiro also notched a
Christian Marston was the Kapa’a goal scorer.
Among the game’s
other standouts were: Kaua’i’s Eric Fujikawa, Jacob Minei, Aukai Dennis,
Brandon Kimura; and Kapa’a’s Jud McRoberts, Isaiah Sarsona and Randy
“This is a good bunch of boys,” said Kaua’i High coach Richard
Minei. “The score could easily have been 5-5 or 10-10. It could have gone
either way. Both teams had their chances and missed. One lucky shot got through
to give us the lead, and then we played defense for the second
Kapa’a coach Neil MacDonald said his team dominated the second half,
but just couldn’t put it in.
The Red Raiders ended the season with a 4-1-1
record. Kapa’a was right behind at 4-2.
Kaua’i 4, Kapa’a
Amber Santos fired home three goals and Lehua
Wise added one for Kaua’i.
For Kapa’a, LaRisa Nebre notched three goals
and Danielle Hill chipped in with one.
Kaua’i ended up with an undefeated
4-0-2 record, while Kapa’a was close behind at 3-1-2.
“Because the game was
a tie, many of the girls, at first, didn’t know we won the title,” said Kaua’i
High coach Blanche Arakaki. ” I had to reassure them. I’m really proud of them.
Nobody expected us to do this well.”
The state-tourney bound Warrior girls boosted their undefeated
record to 9-0, and were truly tested by the Red Raiders for the second time
Ingird Nakamura zipped in two goals for Kapa’a, while Maja Marti
and Mytra DiLeonardo added a goal each for the Warriors.
Tiana Lum-Tucker and Brooke Dela Cruz all had one goal for the Red
Kapa’a will play in next week’s state tournament.
coach Dennis Chan was pleased with his team’s work this year.
commitment and quality from our players this year were absolutely phenomenal,”
he said. “We played as a team and everyone encouraged and respected each other.
Our successes this year surely built the foundation for the future
Waimea 12, Island/Kula 0
Charis Castillo, Ashley Hori and
Liane Sakai all collected two goals for the Menehune girls, while Mia
Moriguchi, Laurese Rosare, Neki Maruyama and Michelle Takashima all notched
Sakai and Moriguchi both contributed with an assist.
Llaya Liberato, Jei Nhy Barino turned in outstanding performances for the
“Our girls performed brilliantly during the last two rounds
(of the season),” said Waimea coach Dan Agan.