Kapa’a sweeps varsity soccer at Hanapepe

HANAPEPE – The Waimea High School Menehune soccer program closed their 2003 books only after the JV men claimed a perfect 6-0 season by taking their contest 4-2 over Kapa’a behind a pair of goals by Kenny Estes.

Mark Kennett, Jr. chalked up a score along with Kori Sakahashi for the Menehune while the Warriors were led by Alika Woodward.

Lauren Baptiste scored the only goal for the Kapa’a JV women in their 1-0 shutout over the Waimea JV team in the Saturday afternoon opener.

Erica Brewer drew first blood for the Kapa’a varsity women as the Warrior wahine went on to hold off a strong second half comeback effort by Waimea to take home a 3-2 win.

Kapa’a upped the ante on a Kellie Devitt penalty kick only to have Waimea come back on a strong second effort goal by Holly Gandia who salvaged Laurese Rosare’s shot attempt that was twarted by the Warrior goalie only to have Gandia sweep in on the rebound.

The contest deadlocked as Waimea finished off a strong drive with an Anna Badouin goal that came as Jenny Morita fired only to have her effort blocked at the goal mouth, but Badouin coming in on the rebound.

As the clock ticked towards a 2-2 stalemate, Kapa’a broke through on a powerful Liana Kakalia shot that soared above the hands of Waimea goalie Faa Taala and clanged off the top bar, bouncing on the ground before dribbling past the plane for the 3-2 Kapa’a advantage.

The Kapa’a men survived a strong Menehune effort to take a 4-0 win back to Warriorland as Billy Toy opened the scorebooks early in the contest by firing one past the effort of Waimea goalie Curtis Kimura.

Tyson Wakayama followed that lead with a penalty kick followed by a long shot-on-goal that rolled across the goal mouth and beyond the reach of Kimura before nesting in the folds of the net.

Waimea retaliated with numerous offensive forrays into Kapa’a territory, but could not overcome the tenacious Warrior defense spearheaded by Waika Oliver.

Adding fuel to their offense, the Menehune moved goalie Kimura into the midfield with Brandon Agan donning the goalie jersey, but the Warriors adjusted as Oliver changed from kicking the ball out to dribbling the sphere beyond the midfield stripe.

That effort was capped with a late game goal by Brian Byfield who notched the final Kapa’a goal from the right corner for the 4-0 win.

Kapa’a will close the KIF soccer season this Saturday as they host the Kaua’i High School Red Raiders at Vidinha Stadium.

JV games kick off at 1 p.m. with the first varsity contest scheduled to kick off at 4:30 p.m.

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