Soccer sportsmanship on display big-time

Kalani's Ryan Abe came to the aid of ‘Iolani's Spencer Ho in the second overtime period in the semifinals of the Division I boys soccer state championships on Feb. 27 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).
Kalani’s Ryan Abe came to the aid of ‘Iolani’s Spencer Ho in the second overtime period in the semifinals of the Division I boys soccer state championships on Feb. 27 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).
Mililani's Robyn Peiler helped ‘Iolani's Kristen Hori stretch during the second overtime period of the Division I girls soccer state championship game on Feb.21 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).
Mililani’s Robyn Peiler helped ‘Iolani’s Kristen Hori stretch during the second overtime period of the Division I girls soccer state championship game on Feb.21 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).
These days when you go to a high school sporting event, you’ll hear the announcer say something like, “Let the players play, the coaches coach and the officials officiate.”

And now, let the rivals be friends. It’s always been common to see players on competing Hawaii teams act friendly toward one another, or even be good friends with players on other teams.

Well, sportsmanship was taken to a new level in the boys and girls soccer state championships recently.


In the girls final, a 1-0 Mililani win over ‘Iolani, during an injury timeout, the Trojans’ Robyn Peiler helped the Raiders’ Kristen Hori stretch out a cramp in her leg, right on the field of play.


The same thing happened in a boys semifinal, a Kalani 1-0 win over ‘Iolani, when the Falcons’ Ryan Abe helped out the Raiders’ Spencer Ho, who was also cramping.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Jamm Aquino got a photo in both instances.

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