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Fire builds rose garden

LIHUE — Hiilani Bukoski led the Lihue Cougars with a hat trick and Kaleonahe Bukoski netted two goals while Kaya Camara rounded out the win with a goal in a 6-0 win over the GU12 Kalaheo Fire Sunday at the North Vidinha fields.

The Kalaheo Fire and Cougars were just two of the teams hitting the North Vidinha fields as the Kauai Soccer Association unwrapped its fall season of seven-a-side youth soccer.

Sal Hernandez, coach of the GU12 Kalaheo Fire girls, it was a learning experience.

“This reminds me of a poster I saw,” Hernandez said. “The poster said, ‘I never promised you a rose garden.’ You folks played against the defending champions. I have a better idea of what we need to work on, and from here, we start building that rose garden where each of you will become a rose in life.”

Those putting the tournament on said the turnout was great.

“We have 41 teams representing youth from Under 8 through Under 17,” said Kevin Gusman, a KSA leader. “That is nearly 400 young people on the fields every Sunday playing soccer. This is the most young people turn out for a fall season, ever.”

Jane Garma, KSA records keeper, agreed.

“To have this many kids turn out for soccer is great,” Garma said. “And for fall soccer? That is usually one of the slower seasons of the year. But when you have this many young people out there, you have great games.”

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