Kaua’i High clinches two junior varsity soccer titles

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.

The

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.

The Red

Raider girls team played Kapa’a to a 4-4 tie to stay ahead in the

standings.

There were also two varsity girls games on Saturday. Kapa’a

edged Kaua’i High 4-3, while Waimea dropped Island/Kula 12-0.

Junior

Varsity Boys

Kaua’i 2, Kapa’a 1

Koji Nakaya had the winning goal for

the Red Raiders, while teammate Kalen Carveiro also notched a

goal.

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

Lawrence.

“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

half.”

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.

Junior Varsity

Girls

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.”

Varsity Girls

Kapa’a 4,

Kaua’i 3

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

this year.

Ingird Nakamura zipped in two goals for Kapa’a, while Maja Marti

and Mytra DiLeonardo added a goal each for the Warriors.

Keavy Brennan,

Tiana Lum-Tucker and Brooke Dela Cruz all had one goal for the Red

Raiders.

Kapa’a will play in next week’s state tournament.

Kaua’i High

coach Dennis Chan was pleased with his team’s work this year.

“The

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

years.”

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

one.

Sakai and Moriguchi both contributed with an assist.

Tina Moreno,

Llaya Liberato, Jei Nhy Barino turned in outstanding performances for the

Westside squad.

“Our girls performed brilliantly during the last two rounds

(of the season),” said Waimea coach Dan Agan.

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