Galaxy helps Kauai youth

WAILUA — Nygeria Williams, a sophomore from Kapaa High, was not able to attend camp Saturday.

But Williams, the goalkeeper for the Warriors in its 6-0 win over Waimea in Hanapepe, was back at camp Sunday, working with goal-keeping instructor Megan Heddinger as well as other youngsters, including Josh Engebritson, Sophie Carswell and Kepler Niccore.

“This is pretty good,” said Engebritson, who just moved here from Idaho. “I’ve only been playing soccer for two years.”

Goalkeeping instructor Heddinger just wrapped up her senior year as a team captain with the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs where she marked six saves in her career, allowing just one goal, said Kyle Nakazawa.

Nakazawa, a UCLA All-American and player with the Los Angeles Galaxy, said Williams has come a long way since starting camp.

“Nygeria has been here three years,” Nakazawa said. “She’s improved a lot, and keeps getting better.”

Nakazawa, whose parents live in Kapaa, was also joined by a host of collegiate players in working with about a hundred youth, including a lot of the Kapaa High School players who missed Saturday because of their game against Waimea.

The soccer camp wraps up today at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Sports Camp.


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