It turns out Kapolei’s only loss of the season was not as harmful as it seemed at the time.
The Hurricanes lost to Kalani in penalty kicks in the semifinals of the OIA tournament, but were rewarded by the HHSAA with home matches in the first two rounds of the state tournament.
ILH champion ‘Iolani predictably earned the top seed, and will play the winner between Hilo and Kapolei on Saturday at Kapolei. The Hurricanes host the Vikings on Friday.
OIA champion Mililani doesn’t get to stay home, but at least it can stay on its home island. The Trojans play the winner between Baldwin and Kahuku at Kapolei on Saturday.
The semifinals and championships are Feb. 27 and 28 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park.
Four Oahu teams will travel to Maui for the first two rounds, with Kalani and Moanalua hooking up at Kamehameha-Maui on Friday and ILH runner up Punahou playing Kalaheo at the same venue.
BIIF champ Kealakehe waits for the winner between the Buffanblu and Mustangs while host Kamehameha-Maui gets the winner between Kalani and Moanalua.
Here is the complete bracket: