After dropping a 6-1 contest to Kaua‘i High School on Friday night, the Hilo Vikings came back to split its Saturday double-header.
In the opener against Waimea, Hilo was a 6-1 winner before dropping a 2-0 nightcap against Kapa‘a at the New Kapa‘a Town Park Stadium.
Hilo’s Taylor Warner and Becca Haraishi each netted two goals, with Meghan Decoito and Tiffany Kerr adding a goal apiece in the Vikings’ win over Waimea.
Facing a 4-0 halftime deficit, the Menehune was able to prevent a shutout on a goal from forward Charlene Miguel.
Waimea’s relatively young team is finding its soccer legs with a lot of its student-athletes coming off the recently completed volleyball and cross country programs.
But the season is young and Waimea has the foundation to build on as Miguel does a good job anchoring the forward position, Hamiha Arquette handling the ball movement in the midfield and Jazzlyn Bradbury stopping the balls on defense.
Hilo, on the other hand, was put to the test by the young Menehune, sustaining injuries to its roster as it entered Kapa‘a under drizzly conditions.
The rain did not help the Vikings as Kalia Mayer opened the books within the first two minutes of play, striking from the middle and the wet ball getting the better of Hilo goalkeeper Kaehu Soares before settling in the net.
Midfielder Larissa Crain netted the second goal in traffic, the ball getting past the Hilo goalkeeper who rebounded on a stretched-out save effort to no avail.
Throughout the contest, the Warriors worked deliberately with crisp passes and a lot of vocalization, biding its time for sure shots.
Despite holding a 2-0 halftime lead, the Warriors worked on its ball control game, while the Vikings adjusted to have a stronger offensive prescense in the second half.
There were several scoring opportunities that opened for both teams, but good saves by both goalkeepers kept the scoreboards to the 2-0 final.