HANAPEPE — The KIF boys soccer season is as unpredictable as gas prices.
Just when you think the defending champion Menehune squad might run away with another title, they lose two straight games.
“(I guess) we just want to make the season as interesting as possible,” Waimea head coach Mark Kennett said after the 3-2 loss to Kaua’i, yesterday at Hanapepe Stadium.
With the win, the Red Raiders moved just three points behind first-place Kapa’a and the Menehune sit in the middle just one point behind the Warriors.
Kaua’i’s Alan Kalili played a huge role in the victory over the Menehune with a goal and an assist.
The senior netted the first goal of the game at the midpoint of the intitial half.
Then Waimea’s Kollin Morikawa answered a few minutes later with a nice 30-foot free kick, which hit the top left side of the net.
Both Jeremy Victor (Kaua’i) and Ansen Acain (Waimea) were stingy the rest of the way in the goal, enabling the half-time tally to stay at 1-1.
Kaua’i’s Agu Garcia and Danny Riggle pulled out a rabbit from their hat of tricks in the second half on a free kick attempt.
Instead of kicking it himself, Garcia swirled the ball around to Riggle, who slapped the rock into the goal for the 2-1 lead.
Kaua’i had a chance to add an insurance goal a few minutes later, but Garcia, Mikiala Cup Choy, and Riggle failed to capitalize on the attempts.
But Waimea wasn’t about to play dead and their main man, Chad “Mighty Mouse” Thompson maneuvered past Cory Mira and used him like a rag doll on his way knotting up the score at 2-2.
Kaua’i refused to end the game with a tie, so Kalili worked his magic and assisted Seth Quesel’s game-winning goal for the 3-2 victory.
KIF soccer runs to Hanapepe Stadium on Wednesday, in a varsity-only match between Kaua’i and Kapa’a, starting at 5 p.m.
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KIF Soccer Standings
1) Kapa’a: 4-0, 12 points
2) Kaua’i: 2-2, 6 points
3) Waimea: 0-4, 0 points
1) Kapa’a: 2-1-1, 7 points
2) Waimea: 2-2, 6 points
3) Kaua’i: 1-2-1, 4 point
Key: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie
Next: Wednesday, Kaua’i vs. Kapa’a, Hanapepe Stadium