Just For Kicks
THE parade of accomplishments by Hawaii's soccer players competing for mainland schools continues this week as we head into the new year, one I hope is better in some way for everyone in our community.
Local players found
success on mainland
Christine Gouthro played in all 17 matches for the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fightin' Engineers. The senior midfielder from Kauai High school scored twice and had two assists.
In 52 career matches, the mechanical engineering major scored six goals on 34 of 67 shots on goal and recorded seven assists.
Gouthro's last assist in the final match of the season came on the game-winning goal as Rose-Hulman beat Sewanee, 1-0, in double overtime. It was the Fightin' Engineers eighth win of the season, the most in their three-year history.
"Christine was the perfect captain for a young team and led by example. She worked hard and always finished first in conditioning drills and fitness tests," said Rose-Hulman coach Brad Hauter. "She kept things light and fun, but we were a much different team when she was on the field."
Erin Sayegusa picked up the offensive slack for the Fresno State Bulldogs after top scorer Jill Pearson graduated.
Sayegusa (Kaiser) led the 8-10 Bulldogs with 13 points on five goals and three assists. Her 29 shots on goal and 41 attempts were team bests.
Jenny deHay, a sophomore defender from Kamehameha, started 14 of 18 matches for the 7-8-3 Louisiana State Tigers. She took 12 shots and hit the back of the net once.
Twin sister Robyn, a striker, played in nine matches for 15-4-2 Stanford. She had an assist and scored one goal, a game winner on a head shot against Arizona.
BUCKY JENCKS (Punahou), a freshman defender for Bowdoin College, scored a goal and had four assists for the 10-5-1 Bears.
Nate Adams, a senior from Iolani, posted four shutouts and had a 1.33 goals allowed average as the goalkeeper for the 12-7-1 Bradley Braves.
Alon Rohter (Waldorf School), a senior midfielder for Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., scored five goals and had two assists for the 12-4-2 Scots, who won the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title with a 10-0 record. The Scots were ousted in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Michael Semenza started all 15 matches for the 7-8 Willamette Bearcats. The junior striker from Punahou was the second highest scorer with five goals, including two game winners. His shots on goal average (.571 on 16 of 28) also was second best.
Tiffany Sabado, a striker from Castle, ended her career at Arizona playing 50 matches in which she scored seven goals and had three assists for the Wildcats.
Midfielder Nicole Garbin (Baldwin) finished her freshman season at Oregon with five goals (four game winners) and five assists.
Jessica Catekista started 18 matches for the 18-1-1 Regis Rangers. The senior midfielder from Kamehameha put 10 of her 17 shots on goal, scoring once. She also had two assists. Regis' lone defeat came in the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.