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WAILUA — FC Northshore fired off five goals in the final 15 minutes of play to blank the Scrillas, 7-0, Monday when the American Youth Soccer Organization, Region 941 (East Kaua‘i) opened its playoffs at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Sports Park in Wailua.
Playing one short, the Scrillas put up a good fight, playing defensively for most of the game against the lavendar-shirted Northshore girls who relied on strategic passing and a mixture of short and long balls to control the game.
Jade Murphy, the sister of running phenom Pierce Murphy, set the stage early, notching her first of five goals within the first minute of play on a rebound play from the rightside.
That goal settled the Scrillas’ goalkeeper, Tiala O’Brien, who worked the entire game in the box, preventing key shots until the final quarter when she was overwhelmed by Northshore shots.
Northshore found its second goal in the ninth minute when Vanessa Hernandez, playing the left wing, smartly moved in on a cross from rightside wing Taylor Kaneakua for a goal in the pocket for the 2-0 halftime Northshore margin.
Two minutes into the final quarter, Murphy struck from the leftside in traffic.
She followed that goal with three more, all coming within two minutes, the last goal coming from an assist from Hernandez off the wing.
A Scrillas’ fan said with the loss, the yellowshirts face another Kapa‘a team, Friday afternoon at the Weinberg Sports Park.
She said the FC Northshore advances to the Wil Veech tournament based on its win and its top seeded position in the AYSO, Region 941 Under 14 division.
Playoffs for the AYSO, Region 941 continue for the remainder of the week.
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