GIFC debuts in 7×7 soccer

There was a new color in football Sunday.

“These are new teams,” said Kaua‘i Soccer Association official Kevin Devitt. “They’re the Garden Island Football Club and in searching out uniforms, I didn’t want any color that is being used by the high schools, so what we ended up is orange.”

Three GIFC teams were garbed in the bright pumpkin orange uniforms and took the fields at North Vidinha soccer fields as KSA hosted two dozen games in their opening day for the Seven-a-Side season.

In the first of the GIFC games, GIFC-East, an Under 18 girls team, dominated the field and finished with a 10-2 win over the Eastside Girls coached by Manuel Crane, the Eastside right wing Maegan Pablo heading in a late-game goal for Eastside.

Teams competing in the Seven-a-Side league include the Ha‘aheo Boys, Ha‘aheo Teenie Wahine and Kapa‘a Blaze in the Under 8 division.

Tunda, Lihu‘e Heat, Hawaiian Heat and the KSC-Blazing Angels make up the Under 10 level.

Tunda Girls, Na Koa Soccer, Lihu‘e Cougars, Kapa‘a Blaze and Ha‘aheo form the Under 12 class.

Westside United, Motiv-8 and the Kapa‘a Blaze make up the Boys Under 14 division.

GIFC, Kulia Lanakila, BTU and GIFC-Po‘okela form the Girls Under 14 division.

GIFC-East and the Eastside Girls are the two Girls Under 18 teams.

On one of the smaller fields, girls in blue scrambled over the grass in a defensive slugfest between the Tunda Girls and Na Koa Soccer.

Through heavy traffic, Tunda broke the ice on a goal that squibbled past the goalie of Na Koa. Tunda, differentiated by their black shorts, would go on for another goal in the 2-1 final as Sanoe Taniguchi-Sibre and Marissa Ruiz marked for Tunda. Nicky Farley chalked up Na Koa’s goal.

Full results from Sunday’s opening day will be published in a future edition of The Garden Island.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@kauaipubco.com.

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