HANAPEPE — With former Red Raider standouts Amber Thronas and Ashton Pigao in the stands, the Kaua’i (1-1) girls soccer squad did everything to impress them yesterday at Hanapepe Stadium with a 6-2 drubbing of Waimea (0-2).
Both Thronas and Pigao were members of the 2004 KIF champion Red Raider team and today’s squad is looking to recapture the magic of two seasons ago.
The win kept Kaua’i just one game behind Kapa’a (2-0), the defending KIF champs.
The Red Raiders jumped on the Menehune early on, with a 3-1 lead at the half. Megan Vento, Emma Makepa-Foley, and Auika Muragin nailed home the three goals. Rachel Martin accounted for the lone Menehune goal.
In the second half, Kaua’i’s dominance continued, as Vento got credit for a Waimea miscue, but Cayla Kitabayashi answered a few minutes later on a penalty kick, which made the score 4-2.
Vento continued to cruise with an assist to another Muragin goal and Rachel Taira’s 20 footer hit the back of the net for the 6-2 final.
Kaua’i goalie K.C. Gaitos played tough throughout the contest and although the Red Raiders tallied six scores against Waimea goalie Karmn Rivel, she still was able to come up with miraculous saves, like the penalty kick stop against Makepa-Foley in the latter part of the match.
Chad “Mighty Mouse” Thompson had a hand or leg for that matter in all of Waimea’s (2-0) goals, in their 2-1 victory over Kaua’i.
The Red Raiders (0-2) climbed out to a 1-0 lead off of a goal by Alan Kalili, but towards the end of the half, Scott Martin slammed in a score after Thompson’s initial attempt.
In the second stanza, Thompson’s best attempt at a goal hit the top of the post, but although he was held without a score, the senior assisted Kenny Estes’ goal, which gave the Menehune the 2-1 victory.
Agu Garcia, Danny Riggle, Cory Mira, and Charlie Kato were standout performers for the Red Raiders.
Kollin Morikawa, Ansen Acain (goalie), and Tyren Sakuda were Waimea’s tough customers.
KIF soccer continues on Dec. 22 at Hanapepe Stadium, with Kapa’a (1-1) battling Waimea.
Kaua’i swept the JV contests, 3-1 for the girls and 2-1 for the boys. Skye Shimabukuro (2) and Shannon Pabo scored for the Red Raider girls.
Keanna Agan notched the Menehune goal.
Keala Lovell nailed both Kaua’i goals on the boys side, with Jayrald Watanabe scoring for Waimea.