Kapa‘a gives a hoot about state title

WAIPIO, O‘AHU — Members of the fourth-ranked Kapa‘a High School girls soccer team feel pretty good about getting past the Mid-Pacific Owls in the quarterfinal round.

“I think the girls have the intensity to play the way they need to play,” said head coach Crissi Marti. “From watching the (Waialua/Mid-Pac) game, we have a pretty good chance of getting past them.”

The Meadow Gold Hawai‘i State Division II Soccer Tournament officially started yesterday. This is the first year of a 12-team Division II bracket. This the second year Kapa‘a made the tournament under Marti’s instruction. Because Kapa‘a was ranked in the Top 4, they were given a bye for the first day.

Senior captain Ka‘ala Leong said the team used that extra day to watch the competition, then practice.

“We were evaluating their defense and seeing how they played,” Leong said. “Waialua plays like Kaua‘i High. So as long as we play with the same intensity we had when we played against Kaua‘i High we should be fine. We’re just happy that we were high enough in the ranking that we didn’t have to play the first day.”

Senior goal keeper Poe Gantt isn’t rattled that this may be her last game of her high school career.

“We’re just taking it one game at a time for now,” Gantt said. “Sometimes I think the game rests on me because I’m the last defender, but I’m not really nervous.”

Kapa‘a faces Mid-Pac today at 3 p.m. at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park. Mid-Pac made it to the quarterfinal by defeating Waialua 3-0.

If Kapa‘a wins, they go on to face the winner of the Roosevelt/Hawai‘i Prep match. The championship game will be played Saturday at the soccer park’s main stadium at 6 p.m.

• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com.


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