Kapaa High School’s varsity boys soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the 2019 The Queen’s Medical Center Boys Soccer Championships–Division II state tournament.
The No. 4 seeded Warriors of the Kauai Interscholastic Federation defeated Seabury Hall of the Maui Interscholastic League, 2-1, in the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex on Oahu.
“We’re happy to get out of the first round,” said Kapaa head coach Kevin Cram in a phone interview Thursday. “The game, we didn’t play as well as I think we have the potential to play, but we played well enough to get the ball in the net and move along. We can improve, which is good because we got a little bit further to go starting tomorrow.”
Kaiana Oliver and Caden Donner scored for Kapaa. Josh Farwig scored in the second half for Seabury to cut into Kapaa’s lead.
“We were up, 1-0, at halftime. And then we scored our second goal about four minutes into the second half,” Cram said. “Then they were given a free kick, probably about 30 yards, and the kicker was able to drive it into the net.”
Kapaa will play No. 1 Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation in the semifinals. That match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex main stadium.
It is a rematch of last year’s Division II championship final, in which Kapaa lost to KS-Hawaii by a late penalty kick, 3-2.
KS-Hawaii defeated Waialua of the Oahu Interscholastic Association in overtime in the opening round Thursday, 2-1.
“It’s more a psychological thing because I know they’re a good team,” Cram said. “We just need to play well. I think we do have the potential to win. It will all depend on which team shows up to the game.”
Thursday’s Division II results
Match 1: No. 1 KS-Hawaii (BIIF) 2, Waialua (OIA) 1; KS-Hawaii: Logan Waltjen (69’), Jonathan DeMotta (83’); Waialua: Ezra Sheridan (63’)
Match 2: No. 4 Kapaa (KIF) 2, Seabury Hall (MIL) 1; Kapaa: Kaiana Oliver (26’), Caden Donner (44’); Seabury: Josh Farwig (score time not available)
Match 3: No. 2 Saint Louis (ILH) 3, Waipahu (OIA) 0; Saint Louis: D’Sean Watson (21’), Skyler Goo (23’), Jonstin Lorenzo (score time not available)
Match 4: No. 3 Kalaheo (OIA) 2, Makua Lani (BIIF) 0; Kalaheo: Daniel Fujiwara (34’), Kai Takahashi (65’)
Info from Hawaii High School Athletic Association.
Nick Celario, sports writer, can be reached at 245-0437 or email@example.com.