Just For Kicks
STEVE Negoesco, head coach of the San Francisco men's soccer team, was on the sideline for his 750th game last night as the Dons defeated 14th-ranked Hofstra, 2-1.
Negoesco, who has a career record of 530-155-65 (.750) coached the Dons to NCAA championships in 1966, 1975, 1976, 1978 (later vacated) and 1980. The 1969 team lost the championship match. His victory total is tops in NCAA history.
"Everyone was excited about my 750th game, but I just wanted the victory," said Negoesco, in his 38th season at USF.
Hawaii Wahine head coach Pinsoom Tenzing assisted Negoesco in 1989 and 1989.
"He taught me much of what I know," said Tenzing. "He had been there for ages and I just followed him around."
Negoesco also was the coach of the Northern California All Stars, who defeated Honolulu International, 6-1, at Balboa Park in the summer of 1971.
HISC held the all-stars to a 1-1 tie at halftime on a header by Ken Bogowitz, but could not sustain the effort against superior talent.
International was the first club from the Hawaii Soccer Association to tour the mainland. The match in San Francisco was the finale of a trip that had stops in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, Seattle and Portland, Ore.
U.S. Soccer (USSF) has renamed the 86-year-old U.S. Open Cup tournament in order to honor Lamar Hunt.
As of this year, the tournament will officially be known as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Hunt, who owns Major League Soccer franchises (Columbus Crew and Kansas City Wizards) is an original founding investor in the MLS and financed the $28.5 million, 22,500-seat Columbus (Ohio) Crew Stadium.
He also was involved in the North American Soccer League as an investor in the Dallas Tornado, one of the sports' leading franchises for 14 years.
The Open Cup, recognized as the United States Soccer Federations' National Championship, is open to all amateur and professional teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer.
Tuesday night, the Rochester (N.Y.) Raging Rhinos became the first A-League team to win the Cup when they upset the MLS' Colorado Rapids, 2-0.
The win gives the Rhinos an extra boost to their campaign to gain a slot in the MLS, which is aiming to expand from 12 to 14 teams by 2001.
SEVERAL former Hawaii Wahine players are coaching high school teams this year.
Nicki Arakawa and Lara Anzai work with Kamehameha's junior varsity girls and Denise Eldredge handles the intermediate girls.
Denise Tsukada is in her second year with the intermediate boys at Punahou. Tui Moe coaches junior varsity girls at Punahou.
Tricia Nishikawa coaches Iolani's junior varsity girls.
FRESHMAN midfielder Mia Moe (Punahou) picked the perfect time to score her first collegiate goal. She blasted the rebound from a penalty kick into the net Sunday as Loyola Marymount upset 9th-ranked California, 1-0.
Elena Cabatu (Hawaii Prep), a striker, is in her senior year at Georgetown. She holds the Hoyas' record for game-winning goals (4) set in 1997 when she was co-MVP on offense.
Freshman striker Tiffany Sabado (Castle) has three goals and an assist for Arizona in the Wildcats' first five matches.
Freshman defender April Uyehara (King Kekaulike) is playing for Pepperdine.
Further south, Marya Young (Maryknoll) is a senior defender for the University of San Diego Toreros.