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LIHU‘E — More than 60 teams in Under 6 and Under 8 division of the American Youth Soccer Organization West Kaua‘i region wrapped up its season Saturday with its final games followed by the soccerfest celebrations at both the Hanapepe and North Vidinha fields.
A total of 400 youngsters between the ages of 4.5 to 7 years old wrapped up their season with medals for their achievements on the field, the young aspiring players showing appreciation for the commitment and enthusiasm of their volunteer coaches and referees during the soccerfest.
“It was a great day for the kids, volunteers and their families,” said Tara Pascua, Hanapepe Town Manager and Soccerfest coordinator, in a release.
“The kids were competitive while having fun on the fields, they cooled off on the water slides, and parents were relaxing. Players received medals from the Region to acknowledge their good sportsmanship and hard work.”
Pascua, an AYSO volunteer for seven years, said it is a wonderful feeling to see new, and returning volunteers, including coaches, referees, team parents, board members, turn out to make the soccer experience fun for the children each season.
With the AYSO West Kaua‘i season wrapping up, the Under 10 teams from West Kaua‘i face off against their Under 10 counterparts from the AYSO East Kaua‘i this Saturday at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Sports Park at Lydgate in Wailua.
The Under 12 and Under 14 teams from both the AYSO West Kaua‘i and East Kaua‘i regions are in the midst of their playoffs, the top two teams in each division qualifying for the Will Veeck Tournament, which will take place Nov. 5 to 10 at the North Vidinha soccer fields.
AYSO West Kaua‘i Playoffs
Tuesday, the Koloa-Middlebrook Boys Under 12 team faces off against Kalaheo-Peterson at the Waikomo Park starting at 4:30 p.m., the winner of the match advancing to the division final against Hanapepe-Trugillo on Oct. 30 at Hanapepe Stadium, starting at 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, two Girls Under 12 games are on tap, the first one between Koloa-Bukoski and Hanapepe-Mecham kicking off at 4:30 p.m. at Waikomo Park in Koloa, the winner advancing to the division title game, Oct. 29 at Hanapepe Stadium, starting at 4:15 p.m.
The second game, Kalaheo-Planas against Lihu‘e-Perreira will square off at Kalawai Park in Kalaheo at 4:30 p.m., the winner of this game advancing to meet the loser of the Koloa/Hanapepe match on Thursday at Kalawai Park.
Tuesday, the Girls Under 14 will feature Lihu‘e-Temme hosting Koloa-Bukoski at the North Vidinha fields starting at 4:30 p.m., the winner advancing to the division title game, Nov. 1 at Hanapepe Stadium starting at 4:15 p.m. Visit www.aysokauai.net for more information.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.
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