Usual suspects in OIA boys soccer semis

Andrew Kaufusi and Kaiser will play in the state soccer tournament for the third straight year. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
Andrew Kaufusi and Kaiser will play in the state soccer tournament for the third straight year. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

Pedigree won out in the OIA boys soccer quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Usual suspects Mililani, Kalani, Kapolei and Kaiser all won to reach the semifinals and earn a trip to the state tournament.

Mililani and Kalani will play at 7 p.m. at Castle on Thursday after Kapolei and Kaiser finish their semifinal match which begins at 5:30 p.m.


The Trojans beat Castle 2-0 on Tuesday to clinch a state berth for the 10th straight year. Kalani shut out Pearl City 3-0 to earn a spot for the sixth straight year and Kapolei drilled Kahuku 6-0 to make it to states for the ninth year in a row. Kaiser joins them for the second straight year after beating Campbell 3-0.


Kapolei’s Sean Yoshida was the big scorer on Tuesday, netting a hat trick in the win over the Red Raiders. Nobody else had more than one goal.


Although each program covets the OIA title, Wednesday’s matches probably have more meaning. Castle and Pearl City play at 5:30 at Kailua with a state berth on the line, the Knights have not been to the big show since 2008. The Chargers have been away from states since 2014.

Kahuku and Campbell will play for the other state berth after the Castle-Pearl City tilt. Kahuku represented the OIA at states in 2015 and Campbell last made it in 2013.

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