Thursday, August 26, 1999
Hawaiis D-II teamsDivision II team schedules
need to win on road
By Al Chase
The Hawaii Pacific men and women and the Brigham Young-Hawaii men understand their Pacific West Conference soccer championship dreams rest on mainland victories this season.
With a full PWC soccer schedule still a year away, the 1999 champs simply are the teams with the most wins. The PWC mainland schools obviously have more opportunities to play conference opponents and can spread those matches out over 12 weeks.
Mark and Alexis Kane's HPU women play six PWC opponents in nine days, all on the mainland.
"You explain the situation to the players and they have to live with it," Mark Kane said. "We can still win the conference, but sometimes it doesn't seem like 18 players (travel roster) is enough when you play that many games in a short period of time."
BYUH men's coach Bob Barry and HPU men's coach Frank Doyle at least have the advantage of scheduling each other five times, which increases their conference matches to 10 and seven, respectively.
Here's a look at Hawaii's NCAA Division II soccer teams.
Sea Warrior womenKane's first priority was rebuilding the front line after losing Katarina Noren (five goals, three assists) and Michele Evans (four goals, four assists) to graduation.
Freshmen Tasha Rivera (Radford) and Mandy Melendez (Rancho Santa Margartita, Calif.) are expected to help fill the void. Defender Kolea Andreas-Feeney (St. Francis) moves up front, joining the only returning striker, Taryn Geolina (Radford), who scored three times last season.
Yonie Espiritu (Mililani), a transfer from St. Mary's, also should get plenty of minutes at striker.
The midfield remains solid with senior Andrea Taylor (Orange Coast C.C.), junior Jannicke Snildal (Norway) and sophomore Dawn Ifuku (Kaiser). Snildal likes to attack and scored four goals a year ago.
Hanna Olofsson (Sweden) is recovering from a sprained ankle and should be at full strength for the October road trip. Transfer Hoku Ornellas (Kamehameha, Regis) has been doing well in practice.
The back line is led by PWC first team defender Tracie Ifuku (Kaiser) and Sandy Chang (Castle). Ranesha Mattu (Canada) has been working at an outside defender position. The fourth back will be one of two freshman, Jill Fujimoto (Castle) or Katie Mueller (Seattle).
Junior Carissa Managan is the goalkeeper. She fashioned five consecutive shutouts late in the 1998 season and finished with a 1.10 goals allowed average.
"We have have more depth this year," Kane said. "We had a good scrimmage against Leahi and we pretty much held are own, which we haven't done in the past."
Sea Warrior menDoyle said injuries, a little bit of disorganization, a lot of one-goal games and poor conditioning caused HPU to slip to 5-8 a year ago.
"We're working on correcting every one of those," Doyle said.
The return from injury of Jack Bunch (Baldwin) and Josh Kim (Kamehameha) will shore up the defense in front of goalkeeper Gaston Barra (Argentina).
"We're definitely strong in the midfield and I look for us to be more of an attacking team," said Doyle, who is in his fourth season as head coach.
Captain Elie Sauma (Sweden), Tau Moe (Punahou) and Walea Kalama (Kamehameha) will patrol the middle of the field. Doyle calls Moe one of the most consistent players the Sea Warriors had last season and he's equally adept as a midfielder or a defender.
Gone is all-time HPU goal scorer Cesar Jube. Sophomore Cenan Senyuva (Turkey) led the club season (summer league) in goals scored and is expected to help revitalize the attack.
Doyle has been pleased with the work of four freshmen, all local products, goalkeeper Levi Santimer (Hawaii Prep), and midfielders Darren Juliano (Damien, ILH Player of the Year), Jordan Inouye (Kaiser) and Kyle Lenahan (Punahou).
"Seattle University is the powerhouse in the Pacific West, but with five matches against BYUH, it gives us a shot at the conference title," Doyle said.
Seasider menBYUH had its first winning season (6-5) a year ago, but Barry sees difficulties ahead even though he has a deeper squad in 1999.
"I told the kids we probably woke a sleeping giant in HPU (the Seasiders won three of the five matches last year). I'm sure HPU no longer is sitting back and saying we just have to show up (to beat BYUH)," Barry said. "To achieve what we did last year will be a real feat on our part. I just want to see steady progress."
Top scorer Jeremy Yorgason (9 goals) is on a mission and Barry is looking for Maui's Sam Akinaka to pick up the offensive slack. He should get help from freshman Rick Riley (Las Vegas)
The defensive leader is Elias Akinaka, recently elected captain for the third year. Two transfers, juniors Merrill Johnson (Ricks College) and Kevin Petrie (Skyline C.C.) will provide experience along the back wall.
Freshman defender Noah Rolf (Mililani) has been a surprise with his efforts in front of the net.
Jeff Miller (Wisconsin) begins his third season as the starting goalkeeper.
"He's a solid keeper. He's not the quickest guy in the world, but he plays big and understands the position very well," Barry said.
Junior Glyn Drewery (England) moves from left back to left midfield. Sophomore Sam Tsukamoto (California) and freshmen Aaron Tsuda (Washington) and Matt Tanigawa (Maui H.S.) are battling for midfield positions.
"I'm not sure the starters will be that much better than last year, but our bench will be a lot stronger," Barry said.
Sept. 3: at Hawaii, 4 p.m.
Hawaii Pacific Women
Sept. 4: vs. Willamette, 10 a.m.
Sept. 5: vs. Willamette, 11 a.m.
Sept. 8: vs. Skagit Valley C.C. (exhibition), 4 p.m.
Sept. 19: vs. Oral Roberts, 2 p.m.
Oct. 1: vs. Montana State-Billings at Spokane, Wash.
Oct. 3: at Simon Fraser
Oct. 4: at Western Washington
Oct. 6: at Evergreen State (Wash.)
Oct. 7: at Central Washington
Oct. 9: at Western Oregon
Oct. 29: at Hawaii, 4 p.m.
Home games at Atherton Field, HPU's Windward Campus.
Sept. 5: vs. Willamette, 2 p.m.
Hawaii Pacific Men
Sept. 6: vs. Willamette, 8:30 a.m.
Sept. 11: vs. Brigham Young-Hawaii, 2 p.m.
Sept. 14: at Fresno Pacific
Sept. 15: at Cal State Stanislaus
Sept. 17: at Humboldt State
Sept. 18: vs. Seattle U. at Arcata, Calif.
Sept. 21: at Sonoma State
Oct. 2: at Brigham Young-Hawaii, 2 p.m.
Oct. 23: vs. Brigham Young-Hawaii, 2 p.m.
Oct. 30: at Brigham Young-Hawaii, 2 p.m.
Nov. 6: vs. Brigham Young-Hawaii, 7:30 p.m., Ala Wai Field.
Home games at Atherton Field, HPU's Windward Campus.
Aug. 28: vs. U.S. Military Hawaii, 2 p.m. (exhibition)
Sept. 4: vs. Willamette, 2 p.m.
Sept. 11: at Hawaii Pacific, 2 p.m.
Sept. 18: vs. U.S. Air Force, 2 p.m. (exhibition)
Sept. 25: vs. U.S. Marines, 2 p.m. (exhibition)
Oct. 2: vs. Hawaii Pacific, 2 p.m.
Oct. 8: at Evergreen State (Wash.)
Oct. 9: at Seattle U
Oct. 12: at Seattle Pacific
Oct. 14: at Simon Fraser
Oct. 16: at Western Washington
Oct. 23: at Hawaii Pacific 2 p.m.
Oct. 30: vs. Hawaii Pacific, 2 p.m.
Nov. 6 vs. Hawaii Pacific, 7:30 p.m., Ala Wai Field
Home games at the campus field.