Monday, Sept. 25, 2023 |
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PUHI — Kauai teams emerged victorious at the Kauai Cup on Sunday as champions were crowned in the Under 12 Boys, Under 12 Girls, and Under 14 Girls divisions, but not before providing spectators with some good soccer action at the Island School soccer complex.
Motiv 8, under the coaching of Todd Fuerte took the Under 12 Boys division to open the day with some tight, close-quarter defense that kept the Arroyo United Cougars limited to just one goal in the 5-1 victory.
“Second in the tourney, first in heart,” is how coach Don Sheppard described his youngsters from California who, until their Sunday loss, was undefeated in the Cup.
Tyler Shin scored the sole Cougar goal while James Gilleran led Motiv 8 with a pair of goals in the win. Ian Lactaotao, Michael Chamberlain, and Christian Taniguchi each notched a Motiv 8 goal in the championship.
The East Side Girls Under 12 Girls played the Chicks Who Rip three times during the Cup that started on Friday, and three was the magic number for Kevin Devitt who clinched the championship with three second-half goals for the 3-0 victory.
Tiana Kunioka led the KSC action with a pair of goals with Brandi Gomes adding one, Kunioka breaking the ice in the second half, and then closing the books with a goal that bounced off goalie Wailana Borrero’s gloves, clanged off the top bar before nestling in the folds.
Goalie Tasha Acosta, playing as a guest for the Blue Dolphins, was the difference in the 1-0 win for the Under 14 Girls title that was settled in a penalty kick shootout following two overtime periods.
With the score tied 0-0 following the double overtime, Acosta effectively deflected the third KSC kick with the Dolphins following up with scoring kicks for the win.
The Dolphins were coached by Gary Towner with Gwen Tamura leading the KSC U14 girls.
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