PUHI — Island School senior Nora Foss scored — twice, and the Voyager women took a 3-0 win over Waimea High School, Tuesday at the Island School field.
“This is her first score of the season,” said Olivia Gegen, a Voyager team mate. “She scored not one, but two goals and for a while we thought she would at least get a hat trick.”
Foss first found the net in the 49th minute after taking an assist from Ali Temme on a corner kick. Her second goal came in the 58th minute when she trapped a Waimea goal kick and turned it into a score from about 30 yards out.
“We tried playing a little differently,” said Island School coach Colby Ayonon. “We tried new strategies. We took a lot of shots on goals, but we need to finish.”
Waimea goalkeeper Cherie Lagmay had a workout, marking up 13 saves in the game from the Voyager shots-on-goal.
Her one missed save in the first half saw Voyager Ali Temme’s shot on goal dribble into the net after she collided with Lagmay in the box.
“It was small, simple mistakes that were costly,” said Waimea coach William Trugillo. “There was that first half goal which was a wrong pass. Then, we lost track of a corner kick, and it was simple things. But we’re working on improving. We had a handful of chances, we just need to finish.”
Waimea’s defense rose to the challenge of the Voyagers’ new strategy, the first half Waimea getting stellar play from Kairah Alejandro before switching off to Kaira Kelekoma in the second half.
“Waimea definitely came to play,” Ayonon said. “They got a lot of shots. But we got to play everyone on the team, and that’s something we wanted to do.”
The Voyager attacks were sparked by Makenzie Hubbard who had her opportunities at the goal, and Emma Kelekoma anchored the back before switching goaltending duty with Hannah Whelan in the second half.
Offensively, Waimea went to Tori Ann Ishikawa and Jacelyn Ragragola-Palacio up the front with Leiko Yamauchi doing the transition ball.
“The girls are playing a lot better than our first game,” Trugillo said. “This was a good game with the ball going back and forth. We just need to finish.”
Waimea girls next face the Kapaa Warriors, Saturday at Vidinha Stadium. Island School also travels to Vidinha Stadium, Saturday to face the Kauai Red Raiders in the nightcap games.