UPDATE: PEARL CITY BEAT AIEA 3-1 TO RUN ITS STREAK OF STATE TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES TO 31.
The Pearl City girls soccer team has been carrying a streak that predates each player’s time on the Earth and has gone on even longer than their veteran coach has been in charge.
The Chargers have been in every state tournament for the past 30 years, last falling short of the big stage way back in 1984. They have collected four state titles and been the runner up twice in that span but haven’t won it all since 1997.
But they were always in it. For the last 30 years.
The defending OIA champion Chargers lost to Kahuku in the second round of the OIA playoffs on Tuesday, putting them in a ‘must-win’ against Aiea, last year’s state darling, at Roosevelt with a state spot on the line.
The teams tied 2-2 during the regular season.
Perennial contenders Kapolei and Kaiser play in the other match for the OIA’s other spot.
Frank Baumholtz took over the progam with Tracee Kono in 2002, a year after they were assistants under Archie Chung and took the OIA title.
The program was set when Baumholtz took over, boasting of Chung’s four state and six OIA titles and his streak of making the state tournament in each of Chung’s 13 state tournament appearances in 13 years.
Such a record can be daunting, but all Baumholtz has done since is matched it. Baumholtz and the Chargers have made it to the last 13 state championships, but he will need an impressive performance tonight at Roosevelt to beat Chung.
Girls soccer state streaks
x-can add to it with a win tonight.
Radford had its streak of six straight years ended this year