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Team Onipaa Girls Under 12, playing in the Kauai Soccer Association spring league, finished its season with nine wins, a loss and two ties.
The Onipaa girls suffered its only loss of the 12-game stretch to Lanakila during the fourth week of play after nine members of the Onipaa GU12 team travelled to Oahu for an Under 12 series of soccer games at the Kirk Banks, said Donna Oshiro, the Onipaa GU12 team mother.
After taking the loss on Kauai, the team Onipaa GU12 captured the Silver division championship at the Kirk Banks tournament.
Team Onipaa GU12’s two ties came at the hands of a strong Kauai Futsal Club.
Overall, Team Onipaa GU12 allowed just six goals being scored against them over the 12-week season.
During the final 5-1 title victory against the Lihue Cougars at the North Vidinha fields, Leiko Yamauchi got in two early goals before having to leave to participate in her family’s 27th annual Hooikaika volleyball tournament at the Clem Gomes Gym in Waimea.
Yamauchi’s both shots placed high, right of the goal, coming from beyond the penalty box within the first 15 minutes of play.
Ashley Mecham’s left foot added to the scoring, the shot slipping past the outstretched Cougar goalkeeper.
Kassidie Bukoski crossed to Mia Takekuma for the shot to the right bottom of the net, and Wailea Edwards marked the final goal from center forward, driving up the middle to finish with a power shot.
Faced with the 5-0 deficit, the Lihue Cougars kept battling, finally breaking through the Onipaa GU12 defense with deft passing from left to right and finishing on a cross from the rightside to a pair of waiting Cougars at the back door.
“The score is mis-leading,” said Robert Ishikawa, a KSA coach. “Several of the Lihue Cougars players came from a game prior to facing the Team Onipaa GU12 and had no time to rest up from its earlier game.”
Bukoski celebrated her day by scoring the only goal in the Team Onipaa Boys Under 12’s win over the Northshore FC. The Team Onipaa BU12 also clinched its division with the 1-0 win which came on Bukoski’s shot from a rightside Dwight Apao cross, effectively breaking a defensive slugfest.
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