Warriors to play for 5th place

Kapaa High School’s varsity boys soccer team defeated Waipahu of the Oahu Interscholastic Association, 3-0, Friday afternoon during the Outrigger Resorts Boys Soccer State Championships — Division II tournament at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Honolulu.

“Today, they just finished and were able to get some goals in the net,” said Kapaa head coach Gary Hudson in a phone interview following the match.

Senior forward Keale Lee, junior midfielder Max Nice and senior forward Paul Oyama each scored a goal in the consolation match.

“We kind of had a slow start in the first half. We were passing well, but we weren’t clicking,” Nice said. “Things got better in the second half and we started playing how we are used to.”

“Our coaches got us all really motivated for the game. He got us all fired up,” Oyama added.

Prior to Friday’s game, the Warriors lost to Hawaii Prep of the Big Island, 1-0, in the opening round on Thursday.

“It was an early goal, so it wasn’t a heartbreaker kind of thing,” Nice said about Thursday’s loss. “We had like 20 shots on goal. We were definitely on the attacking side. We just couldn’t finish.”

Kapaa will play Kailua, also of the OIA, at 3 today in the fifth place match. Kailua beat Seabury Hall of Maui, 2-1, on Friday.

“They got a kid on their team, he scored over 20 goals this season,” Hudson said about Kailua. “So we got to keep an eye on him and focus on what we do best — not to forget about everybody else (on their team), and just do our game plan.”

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