LIHUE — The Red Raider girls and Warrior wahine played 80 minutes to a stalemate in the Kauai Interscholastic Federation girls’ season finale.
Kapaa High School’s and Kauai High’s girls soccer teams ended the regular season with a draw, 0-0, Saturday afternoon at Vidinha Stadium.
“I thought it was a well-played game. We created opportunities. We didn’t convert on them, but we created them,” said Kapaa head coach Kevin Cram. “It was a nice thing to see — that we do have opportunities out there. The defense played well. The whole team played at a high level.”
With that, both teams finished the season with an equal record (8-1-3 KIF, 27 points) and share the top spot of the KIF standings.
A championship game will be played at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Vidinha Stadium.
“It’s actually better. We’re both going to states. We get another game, and that’s terrific,” said Kauai head coach Kevin Devitt. “The two teams played a very good game. Both teams had chances. I have no complaints about anything.”
Warriors sophomore midfielder Vanessa Hernandez had a 1-on-1 opportunity for a goal at the 26th minute, but Red Raiders junior goalie Tammie Yoshimori made the save.
At the 47th minute, Kapaa was granted a corner kick. Freshman defensive back Kaylee Overmyer served the cross and senior sweeper Eryka Keoho met the ball with her head, but was wide of the goal post.
“We all played with heart and we worked hard,” Keoho said. “We did what we did in practice. I’m proud of the girls. I’m proud I got to finish my last year here.”
At the 52nd minute, Kapaa had three shots on goal within seconds. Freshman forward April Barnes took a crack from about 30 yards out. Sophomore forward Kaisha Davis-Caberto got the rebound from Barnes’ attempt and had two chances from inside the 18-yard box.
Yoshimori denied the Warriors a go-ahead goal.
“The ball came quick, so I just reacted to the ball,” Yoshimori said. “It just happened so fast. It was just reaction.”
Varsity boys: Kapaa 1, Kauai 0
Warriors senior center forward Keale Lee scored what became the game-winning goal from inside the box at the 76th minute.
With Lee’s goal, Kapaa High School’s varsity boys team defeated Kauai, 1-0, at Vidinha Stadium on Saturday.
“Before that, I missed a bunch of shots,” Lee said. “My coaches told me to focus. I just put my head down and let one rip. It was pretty much a blind shot, honestly, and it just went in.
“I was pumped. I was stoked,” Lee added about his late go-ahead goal. “This was an important game that we had to win. I was super happy that I scored that.”
Kapaa (7-1-2 KIF, 23 points) will play Waimea on Wednesday at Hanapepe Stadium. The junior varsity game will begin at 5 p.m. and the varsity will follow.
Kauai (4-4-2 KIF, 14 points) will host Island School at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Vidinha Stadium.