OIA White champion Radford is at it again.
The Rams beat Waipahu 1-0 on a goal from Ginny Smith, the only victory for a White team over a Red so far this season. That leaves the Red at a staredown, with four teams at 3-0 (and Moanalua at 2-0) in the East and three teams at 3-0 in the West. Radford will get another chance to impact the Red race tonight when the Rams visit unbeaten Campbell. Don’t get too excited, though, the Rams were thumped by Pearl City 9-0 and Kapolei 5-0 before their upset of the Marauders. Every game has been a test for the Sabers, who needed penalty kicks to overcome Waianae.
The unbalanced schedule will continue until Mililani visits Kapolei on Dec. 20 and Kailua visits Castle the next day. All four teams are unbeaten.
Even though there is a stalemate at the top of the standings, by one measure Kaiser looks like one of the teams to beat. The Cougars have thumped each of the three teams they have played so far, scoring 19 goals and not allowing a single one. Mililani, Kahuku, Kapolei and Moanalua are the only other teams to have not allowed a goal yet. Kaiser visits Kalaheo tomorrow.
Margin of victory
Kaiser (3-0), 19 goals, 0 against
Mililani (3-0), 16 goals, 0 against
Punahou (2-1), 14 goals, 1 against
Kahuku (3-0), 13 goals, 0 against
Pearl City (2-1), 16 goals, 3 against
Kaiser’s offense can attack from anywhere, with seven different players scoring a goal so far and nobody having more than two. Alicia Chang leads the Cougars with four goals followed by Skye Shokahi (who is the only Kaiser player to score in every game), Noelle Mercado and Kailee Murray-Pasion with three. Lina Takeda and Kai Hasegawa have scored twice and Alea Amano has one goal. Only Punahou has had more girls celebrate a goal this year, with eight different girls cracking the net. Kamehameha, Campbell, Mililani and Pearl City each have had seven scorers.
Pearl City’s Tasha Inong has the early lead as the most dangerous scorer on Oahu, scoring multiple goals in all three games the Chargers have played. She has scored seven of Pearl City’s 16 goals this year for more than half of the Chargers production. Waianae’s Sonest Furtado has the biggest burden of carrying a team’s offense, scoring five of the Seariders’ six goals for 83 percent. Only Mid-Pacific’s Kayla Watanabe rivals her, scoring 72 percent of her team’s goals.
Tasha Inong, Pearl City: 7 goals in 3 games
Kayla Watanabe, Mid-Pacific: 6 goals in 3 games
Cassandra Stetser, Mililani: 5 goals in 3 games
Sonest Furtado, Waianae: 5 goals in 3 games
Malia Aluli, Kahuku: 5 goals in 3 games