Friday, May 20, 2022 |
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LIHU‘E — Kapa‘a and Kaua‘i High Schools’ runs at a state championship came to an end Friday, as both teams came up short in their semifinal matches of the HHSAA Division II girls state soccer championships.
The top two Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation finishers were one win away from a shot at the Hawai‘i state title, but fell just short in that quest and will now play each other tomorrow, but not in the match they had hoped.
The familiar foes will square off in the third-place match at 1 p.m. today at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex.
Kapa‘a lost 2-0 to last year’s Div. II champion, Pac-Five. It was a rematch of last year’s championship match, which Kapa‘a battled all the way but lost in a shootout.
After a scoreless first half, Kendal Kagawa had the first goal of the day in the 4nd minute of play.
Ashley Haruki followed up with a score in the 52nd minute, giving Pac-Five some cushion.
Kapa‘a had a perfect 8-0 season in the KIF and reached the semis after a 2-1 victory over Honoka‘a on Thursday.
Kaua‘i played its way into the tournament with a shootout win over Mid-Pac last Saturday, heading into the event unseeded.
It proved its abilities with an opening-round 9-0 win over Kaimuki, then knocked the No. 4-seeded Hawai‘i Prep in a 2-0 match, Thursday.
That run ended Friday with a 1-0 loss to the tournament’s top seed, Kailua.
Mariaa Yoshida had the lone score in the 49th minute.
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