The Kamehameha girls’ soccer team has a crucial week of action which will likely decide the ILH race.
Led by senior Makamae Gomera-Stevens, who was featured in Tuesday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the Warriors are 8-1-1. They face Punahou (8-1-1) today and ‘Iolani (8-0-2) on Saturday to close out the regular season. Despite a 68-3 goal differential, the Buffanblu and Raiders are the only teams that the Warriors haven’t defeated this season.
Punahou defeated Kamehameha, 2-1 on Dec. 17. Three days later, the Warriors and Raiders played to a 1-1 draw.
Gomera-Stevens has dominated this season, scoring 27 goals in 10 matches. That’s more than four other teams, and nine more than any other player in the ILH.
“I want to be able to strengthen my skills for college as well as the people I play with so I can benefit myself as well as my teammates,” said Gomera-Stevens, who is committed to Washington State. “I’ve been told by coaches that sometimes, players feed off my energy. When I give 100 percent, I hope it helps my team give 100 percent.”
Kamehameha is gunning for its first state title since 2014. In order to qualify for the state tournament, the Warriors need to finish as one of the top two teams in the ILH.
“My team has come a long way from the beginning and I’m proud of them. I’m excited to see what our last couple of games have in store for us because we’re kind of a completely different team from the beginning,” she said. “We’ve worked really hard during Christmas break, our coaches really pushed us. I hope we’re successful during our next two games.”