HAWAII GROWN: Hawaii also represented well in D-I soccer

Vanderbilt's Taiana Tolleson has made 13 saves this season. Photo courtesy John Russell/Vanderbilt University.

More than 50 Hawaii high school graduates are currently listed on mainland Division I women’s soccer rosters with 10 men’s soccer players from Hawaii representing seven different Division I schools.

In the latest women’s soccer rankings by Top Draw Soccer, No. 7 Washington State jumped two spots after beating Oregon State 2-1 on Saturday in its Pac-12 opener. Junior forward Makamae Gomera-Stevens (Kamehameha ’17) scored the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute for the Cougars, who are 8-1 overall.

Vanderbilt senior goalkeeper Taiana Tolleson (Konawaena ’16) will be featured in Wednesday’s Hawaii Grown section in the Star-Advertiser. Tolleson is 5-1 in goal this season with 13 saves for the Commodores (8-3), who are ranked No. 23 this week.


Below is a list of the 62 combined Division I athletes who graduated from Hawaii high schools playing Division I soccer on the mainland.

MEN

BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS
>> Chris Espinoza (Punahou ‘18) 5-10, So, B

UNLV REBELS
>> Skyler Goo (Saint Louis ‘19) 5-7, Fr, F
>> Tyler Allen (Mid-Pacific ’16) 5-9, Sr, F
>> Sam Wren (Kapolei ‘19) 6-3, Fr, D/MF

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS
>> Alex Liu (‘Iolani ‘18) 5-5, So, MF

SAN DIEGO TOREROS
>> Jake Schneider (Hawaii Prep ‘19) 5-11, Fr, F

SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS
>> Laukoa Santos (Kealakehe ’17) 5-10, So, MF

SEATTLE U. REDHAWKS
>> Dante Perez (Baldwin ’18) 6-2, Fr, GK
>> Riley Patterson (Hilo ‘19) 5-8, Fr, MF

UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES
>> Paytin Ayau (KS-Maui ’17) 5-10, So, F

WOMEN

BRIGHAM YOUNG COUGARS
>> Lytiana Akinaka (King Kekaulike ’18) 5-6, So, F

CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD RUNNERS
>> Chay Navares (Mililani ‘18) 5-1, So, D

CENTRAL FLORIDA KNIGHTS
>> Eden Kawabe (Mililani ‘16) 5-3, Jr, D

COLORADO STATE RAMS
>> Alyssa Yoshida (Kapolei ‘17) 5-3, So, MF

CONNECTICUT HUSKIES
>> Shay Nakahira (Punahou ‘16) 5-6, Sr, F

DRAKE BULLDOGS
>> Brynn Yoshinaga (Punahou ‘18) 5-2, So, F

GONZAGA BULLDOGS
>> Hope Tsuneyoshi (Kamehameha ‘15) 5-6, Sr, D

IDAHO VANDALS
>> Hoku Schatz (Kahuku ‘19) Fr, F

IDAHO STATE BENGALS
>> Laulea Akana-Phillips (Kamehameha ‘17) 5-9, So, GK
>> Karlin Wurlitzer (Mililani ’18) 5-10, So, D
>> Chandler Bass (Mid-Pacific ’18) 5-3, So, D

KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
>> Brooke Ramos (Kamehameha ‘17) 5-3, Jr, F


LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY SHARKS
>> Mia Rose Daly (King Kekaulike ‘18) 5-6, So, D
>> Tiana Ono (Aiea ‘17) 5-4, Jr, D
>> Sidney Kiyabu (Mililani ‘18) 5-3, So, MF

NEVADA WOLF PACK
>> Kendall Stovall (Kamehameha ’18) 5-7, So, GK
>> Kylie Minamishin (Kamehameha ’18) 5-5, So, MF
>> Sara Olanda (Aiea ’16) 5-3, Sr, MF
>> Aliani Lorenzo (Campbell ’16) 5-3, (RS) Jr, MF
>> Daysha Solidum (Kalani ’18) 5-4, So, F

NORTHERN ARIZONA LUMBERJACKS
>> Ana Rivera (Castle ‘18) 5-3, So, F
>> Jordyn Pacheco (Hilo ‘19) 5-3, Fr, MF

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
>> Kitty Jones-Black (Kamehameha ‘19) 5-5, Fr, D

ORAL ROBERTS GOLDEN EAGLES
>> Shayla Padilla (Leilehua ‘17) 5-6, Jr, MF

OREGON DUCKS
>> Chardonnay Curran (Campbell ’17) 5-4, Jr, MF
>> True Dydasco (Punahou ’17) 5-2, Jr, MF
>> Chai Cortez (Maui ’18) 5-3, So, D
>> Taylor Kuroda (‘Iolani ’15) 5-3, Sr, F

OREGON STATE BEAVERS
>> Gabrielle Hackbarth (Mililani ‘18) 5-6, So, D

PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS
>> Tamera Mikamura (Aiea ‘16) 5-6, Jr, MF
>> Kasey Isobe (Mililani ‘16) 5-5, Sr, MF
>> Kailee-Rae Quartero (Kamehameha ‘19) 5-4, Fr, F

SACRAMENTO STATE HORNETS
>> Skylar Littlefield (Baldwin ‘17) 5-7, Jr, MF
>> Kylee Kim-Bustillos (‘Iolani ‘17) 5-2, Jr, F
>> Aaliyah Fesili (Punahou ‘17) 5-11, Jr, GK
>> Shantel Torres-Benito (‘Iolani ‘17) 5-5, Jr, F

SAINT MARY’S (CALIF.) GAELS
>> Kailana Kaeo (Mililani ’16) 5-5, Sr, MF

SANTA CLARA BRONCOS
>> Kaile Halvorsen (Kaiser ’18) 5-6, So, F

SEATTLE U. REDHAWKS
>> Rachel Bowler (‘Iolani ’16) 5-5, Sr, D
>> Lauren Mukaigawa (Punahou ‘19) 5-5, Fr, D/MF

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE JACKRABBITS
>> Karlee Manding (Waipahu ‘18) 5-2, So, MF

ST. BONAVENTURE BONNIES
>> Kekaimalie Woods (Sacred Hearts ‘18) 5-6, So, F

ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE (BROOKLYN) TERRIERS
>> Jamie-Lyn Shimamoto (Punahou ‘19) 5-6, Fr, F

STONY BROOK (N.Y.) SEAWOLVES
>> Tatum Kauka (Kamehameha ‘18) 5-4, So, F
>> Chelsie DePonte (St. Andrew’s Priory ’17) 5-2, Jr, MF
>> Leah Feato (Kamehameha ‘19) 5-0, Fr, F

UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS
>> Caela Kaio (Kamehameha ‘19) 5-10, Fr, GK

UCLA BRUINS
>> Sunshine Fontes (Pearl City ‘19) 5-4, Fr, F

UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES
>> Saydee Bacdad (Hilo ‘19) 5-7, Fr, GK
>> Nicole Olanda (Aiea ‘19) 5-4, Fr, D


VANDERBILT COMMODORES
>> Taiana Tolleson (Konawaena ’16) 6-0, Sr, GK

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
>> Makamae Gomera-Stevens (Kamehameha ’17) 5-5, Jr, F

COMMENTS

  1. The Truth Shall Set You Free September 30, 2019 12:56 pm

    How about some props and recognition for the women who are at home repping for our own D-1 program? Glorifying in this article only the ones who went away implies being on the mainland is somehow more praise worthy.

    Mahalo to the local girls playing for University of Hawaii Wahine Soccer Team!

    Taylor Caporus – Frosh, Roosevelt
    Daelenn Tokunaga – Soph, Pearl City
    Tia Futuna – Jr, Mililani
    Kelci Sumida – Fr, Moanalua
    Kayla Watanabe – Sr, MPI, (U of Idaho transfer)

    There, fixed it. You’re welcome.


  2. The Truth Shall Set You Free September 30, 2019 1:03 pm

    CORRECTION: Tia Furuta, Jr, Mililani.

    Sorry, spellcheck typo 🙁


  3. Billy Hull September 30, 2019 2:47 pm

    We have a whole website dedicated specifically to the University of Hawaii and those girls in particular.

    If you’re interested, here are a few recent stories of the Wahine soccer team: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/category/Soccer/

    Mahalo for reading!


  4. HLI October 1, 2019 11:31 am

    Ahhhhh man, too much?
    LOL. If they come up spitting fire, they should expect to get burned a LITTO bit.
    its all G. Keep it coming with all the good stuff you guys do. It is appreciated. Truly.


  5. Update D1 October 1, 2019 4:36 pm

    Two more for the list:

    Nick Shor, UC San Diego, FR, GK
    Kupaa Fernandez, Gonzaga, FR, MF


  6. Billy Hull October 1, 2019 4:47 pm

    Thanks, Update. Looks like Kupaa graduated from a school in Minnesota and UCSD is D-II in men’s soccer.


  7. Uncle P October 1, 2019 11:44 pm

    Yes Kupa’a Fernandez graduates from a school in Minnesota after playing his Freshman year at Konawaena.


  8. Update D1 October 2, 2019 6:03 am

    UCSD is moving all of it’s teams to Div 1 next season and are going through the transition during this season.

    Kupaa grew up in Kona Hi and moved to Minnesota to train at a soccer academy. His school’s bio lists him from Kona Hawaii and not Minnesota.


  9. warningtrackbound October 2, 2019 11:54 am

    How about updates regarding former UH alumni who have gone on to pursue professional careers? Raisa Strom-Okimoto / Sonest Furtado??


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