Ort’s rocket launches Spartans to 4-0 win Friday

An A.J. Ort rocket launched the Hanapepe Spartans to a 4-0 win over the Lihu‘e Heat and a championship berth in the Under 12 Boys division Friday.

Battling to a 0-0 halftime stalemate, Ort broke through with his rocket in the third quarter.

Haku Barriga followed that score after collecting a Heat player’s miscue at the goalmouth. Barriga hustled in, picked up the loose ball to fire between two Heat defenders to end the third frame with a 2-0 Spartan bulge.

Riley Sakai opened the final period of play before Robert Oliver’s shot bounced between Heat players and trickled into the goal.

With the win, the Hanapepe Spartans take to the field of the American Youth Soccer Organization, Region 940, U12B championships starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hanapepe Stadium.

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