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Friday, February 21, 2003


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Aiea doesn’t need offense


By Dana McBratney
Special to the Star-Bulletin

WAILUKU >> Aiea is in the semifinals of the Meadow Gold Girls State Soccer Championships and Na Alii haven't scored a goal yet.



State Soccer Tourney

YESTERDAY
At Keopuolani Park (consolation)
Game 5: King Kekaulike 3, Kauai 2
Game 6: Kealakehe 3, Hilo 1
At War Memorial Stadium
Game 7: Punahou 5, Kahuku 1
Game 8: Mililani 4, Kalaheo 0
Game 9: Aiea 1, Hawaii Prep 0
Game 10: Pearl City 1, Baldwin 0

TODAY
At Keopuolani Park (consolation)
Game 11: Kalaheo vs. HPA, 1:30 p.m.
Game 12: Kahuku vs. Baldwin, 3:30 p.m.
At War Memorial Stadium
Game 13: Mililani vs. Aiea, 5:30 p.m.
Game 14: Punahou vs. Pearl City, 7:30 p.m.

TOMORROW
At War Memorial Stadium
Consolation championship
Game 15: King Kekaulike vs. Kealakehe, 1:30 p.m.
Fifth-place game
Game 16: Winners of Games 11 and 12, 3:30 p.m.
Third-place game
Game 17: Losers of Games 13 and 14, 5:30 p.m.
Championship game
Game 18: Winners of Games 13 and 14, 7:30 p.m.



Aiea defeated fourth-seeded Hawaii Prep 1-0 in a quarterfinal game last night at War Memorial Stadium that was determined by a shootout.

In the other quarterfinal games, Pearl City beat No. 3 seed Baldwin 1-0, No. 2-seeded Punahou beat Kahuku 5-1 and top-seeded Mililani blanked Kalaheo 4-0. In consolation action, King Kekaulike defeated Kauai 3-2 and Kealakehe beat Hilo 3-1.

Aiea takes on Mililani in a semifinal contest at 5:30 tonight. Pearl City plays Punahou in the other semifinal at 7:30. In consolation games today, Kalaheo takes on Hawaii Prep at 1:30 p.m., while Kahuku squares off against Baldwin at 3:30 p.m.

Aiea has played 200 minutes of soccer on Maui and has yet to score a goal. Na Alii defeated King Kekaulike in the first round in a sudden-victory shootout and battled Hawaii Prep through 100 minutes of action with no score, setting up another shootout.

Both teams made their first three goals in the shootout before both goalkeepers made stops. That set up the final pair. Tehane Higa of Aiea found the right corner of the net to put Aiea ahead 4-3. Hawaii Prep's Jennelle Pollette needed to make the shot to force another shootout.

But, Aiea's Diana Shiroma had other ideas. Na Alii's goalkeeper guessed right and caught Pollette's shot, giving Aiea the victory.

"I felt a lot more confident tonight," Shiroma said. "I think last night really helped me. I was really tired, but my teammates promised dinner if I stopped it and I was hungry."

Aiea takes a 13-3-0 record into tonight's game against Mililani. Mililani beat Aiea 1-0 during the regular season.

"Obviously, we are very tired," said Aiea head coach Gordon Matsuoka. "One key for us to be here is that we had to stay healthy because we have only 15 players. We have been able to do that."

Aiea outshot Hawaii Prep 15-13.

PEARL CITY 1, BALDWIN 0: Kari Tanimoto scored the only goal of the game 26 minutes into the contest and the Chargers played strong defense to defeat the third-seeded and previously undefeated Bears.

Baldwin outshot Pearl City 15-13, but Chargers keeper Amber Horn had five saves. In the second half, Pearl City attempted only four shots but stopped Baldwin seven times.

MILILANI 4, KALAHEO 0: Sickness, injuries and the Mustangs couldn't stop the top-seeded Trojans. Mililani came to Maui fighting the flu bug.

"We had to leave Rachel Ling in the hotel room she was so sick," said Mililani coach James Uson. "I'm just glad this game is over because of first-game jitters. We didn't play as well as we can. But I expected that. Hopefully, we can settle down and play our game the next two games."

Senior all-stater Jen Loo suffered a mild ankle sprain for Mililani in the game.

"We have several people who are dinged and bruised," Uson said.

Senior Liane Tom led the Mililani offense with three goals. She scored at 22:13, 37:58 and 48:29. Sophomore Sarah Yoro got the final Trojan goal at 49:59.

Mililani dominated the game, as Kalaheo didn't even attempt a shot in the second period. The Trojans outshot Kalaheo 19-4 in the game.

PUNAHOU 5, KAHUKU 1: Adria Campbell led the Buffanblu with three goals. Her first came right before halftime on a breakaway to give Punahou a 2-1 lead. She scored again at the 54:40 mark and capped the scoring with a 25-yard shot that scooted under the Red Raiders' Tina Soliai.

Kelly Kalapa opened the scoring for Punahou five minutes into the game and Kelsie Look added a goal at the 71:24 mark when she headed a ball into the net.

Tiana Ahue scored the only goal for Kahuku at the 19:00 mark.

Punahou outshot the Red Raiders 29-5. Kahuku got off just one shot in the second period. The Buffanblu defense shutout Kahuku's Krisha Kai, who scored four goals in Wednesday's opening game.

KING KEKAULIKE 3, KAUAI 2: Kainoa Correa scored with three minutes left to play to lift Na Alii to the consolation victory over the Red Raiders.

Chandi Bickford scored a pair of goals early in the game to give King Kekaulike a 2-0 lead. Kristen Matsunaga trimmed Na Alii's advantage to 2-1 and Holly Iloreta tied it at 2-2 at the 57-minute mark.

KEALAKEHE 3, HILO 1: Lisa Franke and Laura Franke scored goals for the Waveriders in a consolation game.

Dayva Keolanui got the only goal for the Vikings at 52 minutes.



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