ILH boys soccer in free-for-all race

Punahou’s Christopher Espinoza , Iolani’s Matt Alexander and Punahou’s Mark Kelley battled for the ball on Wednesday. Dennis Oda / Star-Advertiser
Punahou’s Christopher Espinoza , Iolani’s Matt Alexander and Punahou’s Mark Kelley battled for the ball on Wednesday. Dennis Oda / Star-Advertiser

The ILH boys soccer race looks like it’s going right down to the wire.

In Division I, ‘Iolani (7-1-1) is in the driver’s seat, followed by Punahou (6-2-2) and Kamehameha (6-3-1). The three teams are fighting for two D-I state-tournament berths.

Mid-Pacific (7-1-1) has clinched the Division II title and a D-II state spot, and the Owls have also made their presence felt in the upper echelon of the league with wins over ‘Iolani and Kamehameha and a tie against Punahou.


Unlike in 2010, when the Owls won the ILH D-II crown in addition to the “overall” ILH title, the league will be awarding only two championships this season — D-I and D-II and not one for overall — according to ILH soccer coordinator Jim Bukes.

Some big games remain, and no team can afford to look past the teams at the bottom of the standings while finishing out their 12-match schedules.


Below is a look at how the ILH’s big four have fared against each other this season along with remaining key league matches.


Big Four results:
>> Mid-Pacific 2, Kamehameha 1 (Dec. 13)
>> Punahou 0, Mid-Pacific 0 (Dec. 16)
>> Kamehameha 2, Punahou 1 (Dec. 20)
>> ‘Iolani 1, Punahou 0 (Dec. 27)
>> ‘Iolani 1, Kamehameha 0 (Jan. 7)
>> Mid-Pacific 1, ‘Iolani 0 (Jan. 14)
>> Punahou 2, Mid-Pacific 0 (Jan. 17)
>> Punahou 2, Kamehameha 0 (Jan. 24)
>> ‘Iolani 1, Punahou 1 (Jan. 28)

All Big Four matches remaining:
Jan. 31

>> Saint Louis at Punahou, 10 a.m.
>> Damien at ‘Iolani, 2 p.m.
Feb. 2
>> Kamehameha at Mid-Pacific, 4:15 p.m.
Feb. 5
>> Pac-Five at Punahou, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 7
>> Mid-Pacific at ‘Iolani, 10 a.m.
Feb. 11
>> Kamehameha at ‘Iolani, 4:15 p.m.
>> Mid-Pacific at Saint Louis, 4:30 p.m.

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