Kailua shakes up OIA East soccer race

Kailua’s 1-0 win over Castle on Saturday provided a major shakeup in the OIA East girls soccer race.

Taylor Strong‘s team-leading 10th goal for the Surfriders (7-2) knocked the Knights (7-2) out of first place with one regular season game to go.

Moanalua, which beat Kahuku 6-0 on Saturday behind goals by six different Na Menehune, took over the top spot at 7-1-1. Four teams have a shot at the top seed in the OIA playoffs out of the East, including Roosevelt (6-2-1), which ends the regular season hosting Na Menehune next Wednesday.

Moanalua would lock up the No. 1 seed with a win over Roosevelt. The Rough Riders could only get the top spot with a win over Na Menehune and losses by both Castle at Kalaheo and Kailua hosting Kahuku.

The Surfriders put themselves in position to jump to the top with Saturday’s clutch victory. The win over the Knights also gives them the head-to-head tiebreaker against Kailua, so a win on Tuesday against a 3-5-1 Red Raiders team and a Moanalua loss would hand the top spot to Kailua.

The top two seeds in each division receive important byes in the first round of the OIA playoffs so there will be a lot on the line Wednesday on the final day of the regular season.

Kahuku will be the odd team out from the East.

In the West, undefeated Pearl City (9-0) has clinched the regular season title with Mililani (8-1) locking up the No. 2 seed. Aiea, Kapolei, Campbell and Nanakuli end the regular season battling for position with Waipahu the odd team out.

Kaiser’s Tommi Hintnaus enters the final game with an OIA East-leading 13 goals. Kalani’s Daysha-Ann Solidum and Castle’s Cianna Rivera each have scored 12 goals this season.

Pearl City features the top two goal scorers in the West with Daelenn Tokunaga leading the way with 19 followed by Sunshine Fontes‘ 18 goals.

Waialua, Leilehua and Waianae will represent the West in the OIA Division II playoffs while Kalaheo, McKinley and Kaimuki are in from the East. McKinley and Kaimuki play on Wednesday with the winner earning the No. 2 seed.


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