LIHUE — The big test is on Wednesday, said Mytra McKeaogue, an assistant soccer coach for the Kapaa High School girls team, on Saturday.
“We did all right,” McKeaogue said following Kapaa’s 3-1 win over Waimea at Vidinha Stadium. “But we’ll see how the girls do Wednesday when they play against Kauai.”
Kanani Colburn led the Kapaa victory, scoring goals in the first and second half, the first coming on a follow through of a corner kick in the 19th minute.
Alanna Bauman found the net for the second goal on an assist from Brooke Spencer with three minutes left in the first half to give Kapaa a 2-0 lead at the break.
Colburn started Kapaa off strong in the second half, coming in from the corner and poking the ball into the corner of the net.
Waimea, demonstrating great depth through its ranks, was not to be denied as Sanoe Taniguchi found the net to prevent a shutout in the final four minutes of play.
“We’ve got a pretty good team all around,” said William Trugillo, the Menehune coach. “But we need everybody to stay healthy because we don’t have as many players like the other teams.”
About mid-way through the first half, Waimea’s goalkeeper Kailani Yamamoto went down following a collision with the Kapaa forward coming in on a shot attempt.
The incident prompted Caitlyn Owen to take the field for the remainder of the game where she allowed one goal, but had credit for several key saves.
“We were lucky she was ready to play,” Trugillo said. “We might not have that many players, but we have fighters.”
The statement was demonstrated by stopper Bailey San Agustine-Nordmeier, who clearly showing an irritated back, continued to boom balls out of the goal area, being frequently substituted to recuperate.
Earlier in the day, the Kapaa junior varsity girls took an 11-0 win over Waimea’s JV, the majority of goals coming in the first half as the JV Warriors held a 9-0 lead at the break.
Waimea next hosts Island School in a single game, Tuesday at Hanapepe Stadium starting at 4 p.m.
“This is a correction from the schedule because Island School can’t play on Wednesday,” said Greg Gonsalves, the Kapaa High School athletic director.
Kapaa will play Kauai on Wednesday at Vidinha Stadium with the junior varsity girls kicking off at 2:15 p.m. and the varsity girls starting at 4 p.m.
• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.