Fallen player remembered at season finale
Soccer teammates, players honor accident victim Jamieson Cosier
by Dennis Fujimoto – The Garden Island
A lone soccer ball and a rainbow remembered a fallen player.
Sue Strickland of the Kaua‘i Mens Soccer Association said in a press release, all players from the league’s four teams signed the ball that was placed in the middle of the field at Wailua Homesteads Park, Sunday.
Jamieson Cosier, a team player for the Afterburners, was remembered by each of the coaches for the league’s team as well as KMSA commissioner Greg Strickland.
The 24-year-old was a victim of a hit-and-run accident in late November, had been on the minds of the KMSA players since that incident, and after passing last week, the player was given full honors with Aggie Marti offering a Hawaiian prayer of rememberance.
As the teams offered a final cheer for the fallen player, a rainbow graced the backdrop of the field at Wailua Homesteads Park.
That memorial came following the day’s opening game that saw Cola Lindmann firing the go-ahead goal for Hanalei who went on to take a 3-1 win over Cane Fire.
Colby Ayonon, one of the coaches for the Kapa‘a High School girls soccer team, opened up the scorebooks only to have Rob Snyder, the team manager for Cane Fire answering with a header off a Josh Comstock corner kick for the 1-1 halftime stalemate.
Lindmann’s shot to the left corner with an assist from Eduardo Araujo gave Hanalei the lead, and Eric Desenberg iced the win to give Hanalei second place honors in the KMSA league.
Kryptonite took the first place standings in the league with its 3-1 win over Afterburners in the finale.
Michael Chamberlain netted two goals in that victory, the first coming after taking a cross from defender Tui Alapa. Chamberlain’s second goal came off a penalty kick.
Eddie Adams took a nice Ducan MacDonald pop over the Afterburner defense to net Kryptonite’s second goal.
Steve Sorweid netted the lone goal for Afterburners in the second half, Sorweid taking an Ernie Camara assist and firing past Kryptonite goalkeeper Erik Baxter.
With the completion of the KMSA regular season, the four teams turn their attention to the Winter Cup that starts Sunday at Hanapepe Stadium.
At 3 p.m., Hanalei will meet the Afterburners followed by Cane Fire going up against the league’s top seeded Kryptonite at 5:30 p.m.
The finals of the Winter Cup will be played Dec. 23 with games at 3 and 5:30 p.m. at Hanapepe Stadium.
Admission to the Winter Cup is free, but donations earmarked for the Cosier ‘Ohana will be accepted at the gate.
For more information, call Strickland at 651-4739.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or email@example.com.