Step-up play leads Ha‘aheo to KSA title

Alyssa Vegas stepped up her play to score two goals, Sunday, in the finals of the Kaua‘i Soccer Association’s Seven-a-Side league.

Vegas netted two goals to lead Ha‘aheo Kaua‘i to a 3-1 win over the GIFC, and the title of the Girls Under 14 division.

“The midfielders played a key role because they had to step up,” said Lenny Rapozo, one of the coaches for Ha‘aheo Kaua‘i. “Three of our players weren’t able to play at the end and the rest of the team had to dig deep.”

With the win, Ha‘aheo Kaua‘i, under head coach Bobbie Rapozo, finishes the season undefeated. Unfortunately, the other two Ha‘aheo teams — the Ha‘aheo Teeny Wahine and the Ha‘aheo Boys, came up short in their respective bids for division titles, the Ha‘aheo Boys getting runner-up below the Westside Pride in the Under 8 division.

Janin Hashizume combined with Vegas as she scored the remaining goal in the pinkshirts’ victory.

Sierra Chung netted the GIFC goal in the effort.

Dylan Snyder finished with four goals to lead the Westside United to an 11-2 win over the GIFC-Cougars to claim the title in the Boys Under 14 division.

Following Snyder, Stuart Pereira finished with a hat trick (three goals), Austin Chicoine added a pair with Blaise Ferguson and Casen Kaohelaulii each netted a goal in the victory.

Cory Nemeth and Austin Taylor each netted a goal for the GIFC-Cougars in the effort.

In earlier contests, the Westside Falcon teams finished the league with two first places and a runner-up as the Westside Falcons were a 7-1 winner over the KSC-Blazing Angels in the Under 12 division.

That team was joined by the Westside Falcon 9 team who bested the Westside Falcon 10 team behind a sole goal from Kaleomana Meatoga in its 1-0 edge for the Under 10 division title.

In the U12 win, Sanoe Taniguchi-Simbre finished with a hat trick to lead the Falcons 12. Conor Turley, Jared Oyakawa, Kanai Banasihan and Leiana Alejandro each scored a goal in the victory.

Joni Hashizume finished with a hat trick to score all of the Angels’ goals in the effort.

“It started out with just one team,” Westside Falcon coach Lenn Nitta said following the awards ceremony, “Now, look at how big it’s become.”

Pelenalako Malama got the nod for the Westside Pride in its 1-0 win over the Ha‘aheo Boys in the Under 8 division, that game a strong contest in defensive play between both teams.

With the completion of both leagues, soccer action focuses on the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation program which hosts a boys pre-season series this weekend.

On Friday night, the Kapa‘a High School Warrior boys team hosts the Mililani Trojans starting at 7 p.m. at the New Kapa‘a Town Park complex.

Saturday’s action moves to the Island School soccer complex in Puhi when the Trojans go up against the Waimea and Kaua‘i boys teams starting at 10 a.m.


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