Warriors shut out Menehune

HANAPEPE — Kapaa forward Brianna Binder netted four goals and junior Aiyanah Walker finished with a hat-trick, or three goals scored, to lead the Warrior wahine to a 9-0 shutout over Waimea on Wednesday afternoon at Hanapepe Stadium.

“The girls were aggressive to the ball,” said Kapaa coach Mytra McKeague. “We wanted them to keep high pressure and move the ball. They settled in the second half and started to move the ball.”

Kapaa opened with a strong offense, Binder netting two goals in the first 10 minutes, the first coming from a drive up the middle in the third minute, and the second coming on an assist from Vanessa Hernandez who crossed the ball from the right pocket in the 10th minute.

The scoring continued when Walker netted her first goal in the 12th minute on an assist from Kaisha Davis-Caberto.

Waimea’s defense was kept busy, led by the efforts of Leiko Yamauchi. Despite getting the ball to forward Tori Ann Ishikawa and Jacelyn Ragragola-Palacio, Kapaa kept the pressure on Waimea resulting in turnovers.

In the 21st minute, Binder got her hat-trick on another drive up the middle. Davis-Caberto scored on a penalty kick inside the box, and Shaylia Pimental gave Kapaa 6-0 lead at the break on an assist from Naveah Arruda-Kapu.

The Warriors continued to control the field, captain Natalie Devin settling down from peppering the goalmouth with shots-on-goal, and instead fed the ball to different players.

Walker netted two goals, one in the 49th minute and her hat trick coming in the 57th minute, and Binder got her fourth goal in the 51st minute to round out the attack.

“This was a fun game,” Walker, who rotated through different positions, said. “We were making runs, but in the second half, we made connections with the players we needed to. I think we work well together as a team.”

Waimea coach William Trugillo said he had hoped the girls would slow the pace of the game.

“They had some spurts,” Trugillo said. “Leiko had a nice long run in the second half, but came up short. We’re still a green and young team, and I think playing a team as good and experienced as Kapaa teaches them to play faster.”

Kapaa next faces Island School on Saturday at Island School, the varsity boys kicking off for the first time in the season at 10 a.m. followed by the varsity girls taking the field at noon.

Waimea will face Kauai High School at Hanapepe Stadium. This was supposed to be Kauai’s home game, but the venues were switched due to the playing of the seniors football game at Vidinha Stadium. The junior varsity games start at 10 a.m. with the varsity matches beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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