WAILUA — Tears from a vanquished Lihu‘e B team melded with the drizzle that wet the field at the Wailua Houselots Park as Northshore took the playoff win in shootout 5-3 to set up the Thursday playoff scenario that will see Lihu‘e A match up against Northshore starting at 4:30 p.m. at Kalawai Field.
Striking early, Lihu‘e B got on the books with a Cody Yamauchi goal only to have Northshore capitalize on a break as Sarah Saylor went in on a substitution to strike in the 24th minute for the 1-1 tie.
Despite a fresh bench of forwards seated in the Northshore tent, the Lihu‘e defense kept Northshore off-balance as the mode shifted to offense, the girls in peach peppering the Northshore goalie Danielle Hoen with second-half shot attempts trying to break the 1-1 stalemate before the clock ran out.
Northsore’s Kieren Pond took the first shot in the shootout, sending her shot wide of Lihu‘e goalie Ashton Pigao’s stretch.
Lihu‘e answered with a Cherisse Rapozo hammer followed by Northshore’s Erin Pickett’s shot.
Cassie Morishige had her shot blocked by Hoen with Angela Patch nailing her shot for Northshore, answered by Pigao’s shot.
Lorin Reid took the final shot for Northshore, and when Hoen slapped out the Shauna Tachibana attempt, hearts sank in the Lihu‘e camp that, at that point, was joined by members of the Lihu‘e A team who had just finished with their 4-1 win over Kapa‘a in the adjoining field.
The girls in blue were led by a pair of goals each from Amber Thronas and Lindsey Sugihara while Kapa‘a’s sole score came from Erika Brewer.
Kickoff for the Kalawai playoff Thursday afternoon is at 4:30.