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OIA shut out of boys soccer D-I semifinals

By Christian Shimabuku on February 15, 2018

After a stunning turn of events on Thursday afternoon, Friday’s HHSAA Division I boys’ soccer semifinals will include three neighbor-island teams and zero OIA squads. Instead, it will feature two MIL teams in fourth-seeded Baldwin and King Kekaulike, as well as No. 3 seed Hawaii Prep from the BIIF and top seed Punahou from the ILH. The upset that made this scenario possible was King Kekaulike’s 2-1 victory over No. 2 Kalani at Waipahu. The Falcons entered Thursday undefeated at […]

Kapolei bounces back to beat Kaiser to start states

By Billy Hull on February 12, 2018

With 10 returning seniors from a team that won an OIA championship last season and has made the final four of the state tournament the last two years, Kapolei had no business finishing in sixth place in the OIA boys soccer playoffs. But that’s exactly where the Hurricanes ended up after finishing second in the OIA West in the regular season. A stunning 1-0 loss to Moanalua in the quarterfinals and a 2-1 defeat against Pearl City in the fifth-place […]

HPA’s Perry sad to see these 2 fly the nest

By Nick Abramo on February 11, 2018

Hawaii Prep soccer coach Steve Perry takes special pride in treating his team as a completely different unit than the version of the squad he coached the year before. That thinking helps alleviate the feeling of, “Well, we were good last year so we’ll automatically be good again this year.” So, in Perry’s mind, instead of one large blur of Ka Makani success in the form of five straight Division II state championships, he can break it down into increments […]

State titlist ‘Iolani was on brink of elimination

By Nick Abramo on February 10, 2018

Fullback Kelsey Wong will always remember the nerve-racking feeling she had Jan. 29. That’s when her ‘Iolani Raiders faced elimination even though they weren’t playing a match that day. Across town, at Kamehemameha, if the host Warriors lost to Punahou, it would have spelled doom for the Raiders, taking them out of state-tournament consideration. Luckily, for ‘Iolani, the Warriors won that game. It left the door open for the Raiders, who eventually muscled all the way through to their second […]

HHSAA girls soccer all-tournament teams

By Billy Hull on February 10, 2018

Hawaii Prep and ‘Iolani won state titles in the Queen’s Medical Center/HHSAA Girls Soccer State Championships on Saturday at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. Here are the all-tournament teams as voted on by the media and the HHSAA. Division I Most Outstanding Player: Mia Watanabe, Iolani Daelenn Tokunaga, Pearl City Bree Fuller, Pearl City Hunter Malaki, Pearl City Megumi Takushi, Pearl City Kelsey, Takahashi, Iolani Sierra Wheeler, Iolani Taylor Arakaki, Iolani Kaile Halvorsen, Kaiser Jodi Lillie, Mililani D’awncey Jones-Black, KS-Kapalama Goalkeeper: […]

Kauai High girls OK after auto accident

By Nick Abramo on February 10, 2018

The Kauai High girls soccer players who were hurt in an auto accident Friday afternoon were all discharged from a hospital and made it to that night’s Division II state tournament semifinal game at Waipahu, according to Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive director Chris Chun. No official word was given on how many girls were injured, but all of them (passengers in a team rental van) except one played in the game. The other one did not play due […]

Unseeded ‘Iolani, Pearl City lock horns for state title

By Nick Abramo on February 10, 2018

The two most recent girls soccer state champions are meeting for the 2018 koa trophy Saturday night at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. Defending champion ‘Iolani (14-3-1) — an extremely balanced team — meets 2016 titlist Pearl City (16-1), which brings in what has been arguably the state’s most dangerous attack the last three seasons. The Chargers have strength all over the field, too, but they usually succeed when their offense soars. Interestingly, both teams are unseeded. ‘Iolani blanked OIA champion […]

VIDEO: No. 1 Kamehameha vs. Pearl City Shootout

By Paul Honda on February 10, 2018

Highlights of overtime and two sets of penalty-kick shootouts between No. 1-seeded Kamehameha and Pearl City in the quarterfinal round of The Queen’s Medical Center/HHSAA Girls Soccer State Championships at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. Pearl City won in the second set of PKs, a sudden death victory on freshman Soraya Santos‘ score, capping a 1-0 upset win.