Pili Chung set off a rocket with less than a minute in the half to lead the Kaua‘i Stingers to a 5-0 win over Real Waimea Saturday.
That game, an Under 12 Girls match, was one of seven playoff games played at various locations for the American Youth Soccer Organization, Region 940.
The Stingers, undefeated in regular season and post-season play, got four more goals in the second half, nets coming from Jahratee Kaui, Kawai Calderon who switched from a sweeper to a forward in the second half, Jessica Villanueva and a long near-midfield shot from Robyn Leong Chow that dribbled into the left pocket.
Real Waimea, taking its first post-season loss, was strong on defense during the first half, but could not get any offense against the tough Stinger defense.
With the win, the Stingers advance to the regional championships, Oct. 27 at Hanapepe Stadium.
Playoffs for the U12G division continue on Thursday when the Lihu‘e Shooting Stars, a 4-0 winner over Waimea (Applegate), will meet Real Waimea at Waimea starting at 4:30 p.m. The winner of this match will face the Stingers for the regional championship.
The Koloa Thunder, a 4-3 winner over Kalaheo (Garma) in a shootout, will have a rematch Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. at Kalawai Park.
Lihu‘e (Randolph), a 1-0 winner over Kalaheo (Garma), Saturday, advances to meet Kalaheo 2 (Garma), a 7-1 winner over Hanapepe, at the Kalawai Park starting at 4:30 p.m. today.
Kalaheo (Garma) will face off with Hanapepe in an elimination match at the North Vidinha fields starting at 4:30 p.m. today.
Waimea’s Tierra Teter opened the Under 14 Girls playoffs on a penalty kick in the second quarter against the Lihu‘e (Motosue) at the Kalawai Park.
Jayme Knapp drove up the middle in the third quarter to ice that 2-0 win which advances Waimea to face the Kalaheo blueshirts coached by Lono Gardner tomorrow at the Kalawai Park starting at 4:30 p.m.
Lihu‘e greenshirts, coached by Todd Mayer, suffered a 6-0 loss to Kalaheo and will meet Lihu‘e (Motosue) at the Waimea fields starting at 4:30 p.m. At stake for both teams is life in the playoffs as the vanquished will be eliminated.