HANAPEPE — Waimea team captain Jace Mararagan broke a 0-0 stalemate in the second half by nailing a goal in traffic Wednesday night at the Hanapepe Stadium.
The strike in the 60th minute was the sole score in the Waimea boys 1-0 win over Kauai High School.
Kauai High School, despite several efforts from its midfield, was kept on the defensive through most of the night and unable to launch any strong offensive push.
Following Mararagan’s goal, Kauai had an opportunity to tie when it took the field on an indirect kick but the ball sailed beyond the confines of the goal.
– In other action on Wednesday, Kapaa helped its own cause at Vidinha Stadium when Caleb Neumann scored two goals to lead the Warrior men to a 3-0 win over Island School. Keale Lee helped the win with a goal.
– On the girls side, the Kapaa ladies completed a Warrior sweep, taking a 5-0 win over Island School, led the by April Barnes, who finished with two goals and a pair of assists.
“She’s a hard player,” Kapaa girls coach Kevin Cram said. “We’re teaching her to play combination, where she can rely on her teammates to do some of the work.”
Barnes scored one of the two Kapaa goals in the first half, the other came off the foot of Natalie Devin for a 2-0 lead at the break.
Island School coach Colby Ayonon settled his girls with the Voyagers coming out with a strong defensive presence in the second half.
Despite the showing, Kapaa kept control of the game, netting a goal by Vanessa Hernandez from a Barnes assist at the 45th minute.
Barnes put up her second assist in the 72nd minute, feeding Eryka Keoho, who came in from the right wing to nail the goal.
Barnes capped the win in the 76th minute, going head-to-head against the Voyager goalkeeper and nailing the goal from the left side into the right pocket.
– The Kauai High School girls wrapped up the night, led by four goals from Wailana Gandeza, with a 9-0 win over Waimea at Hanapepe Stadium.
Helping the cause, Aleigha “Red” Scovel fired off two goals with Janae Souza, Bailey Hanna and Kailee Balbarino, each netting goals in the win.
Waimea will travel to the Island School facility Saturday with the varsity boys starting at 10 a.m., followed by the varsity girls taking the field at noon.
Kauai High School will host Kapaa at Vidinha Stadium with the junior varsity boys starting at 10 a.m., followed by the JV girls at 11:45 a.m. The varsity boys take the field at 1:30 p.m., followed by the varsity girls starting at 3:30 p.m.