WAILUA — The Wailua mist may have had an effect in stifling both the Cane Fires and After Burners Sunday.
Hanalei took a 2-0 edge over the Cane Fires in the opening of two games followed by Kryptonite blanking the After Burners 9-0 in the nightcap.
Hanalei broke open a 0-0 halftime stalemate for two quick goals before appreciative fans.
Ikaika Fuerte and Dan Prigge notched the second half goals that pulled Hanalei to a 2-0 edge over the Cane Fire in the opening game of the Kaua‘i Mens Soccer Association league at the Wailua Homesteads Park.
Defensively, the Cane Fire put up a strong effort, but Hanalei struck twice in heavy traffic despite a Cane Fire goalie change.
“We’re the new kids on the block,” a Cane Fire player said following the defense-oriented contest that saw the Hanalei redshirts pepper the goal in windy conditions.
Cane Fire was able to penetrate the midfield on several occasions but were shut down by the Hanalei defense and goalkeeper to solidify the redshirts’ grasp of first place in the league.
The wind that bit through clothing was accompanied by showers that heralded the start of the second contest between Kryptonite, the defending champions from 2006, and After Burners.
Hampered by injuries and the absence of its regular goalkeeper, the After Burners were blistered by Kryptonite 9-0 with seven goals coming in the first half.
Eddie Adams led the effort with a hat trick with Duncan MacDonald adding two goals and Zac Davis and Kainoa Nakazawa each netting a goal in the first half for a 7-0 lead.
That lead increased in the second half as Rawlin Toki and Kalika Wong found the net for goals in the 9-0 final.
With the Sunday victories, Hanalei retains its control of first place followed by After Burners. Kryptonite took advantage of After Burners to nestle in third place followed by Cane Fire who enjoyed a post-game taco party.
Sunday’s games move to the Wai‘oli Park in Hanalei starting at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Second place After Burners take on Cane Fire in the opener followed by Kryptonite trying to improve its record against Hanalei in the finale.