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Just For Kicks
Al Chase

Monday, April 18, 2005





Pacific Northwest
full of aloha

LET'S continue the review of Hawaii's players who competed on the mainland last fall by going to the Pacific Northwest.

Kami Kapaku made her mark as a freshman striker for the Oregon Ducks by leading the team in scoring with four goals and one assist for nine points. The Baldwin graduate put 17 of 23 shots on goal and started all 19 matches for the 3-13-3 Ducks, who changed head coaches after the season.

The second-leading scorer was striker Mele French, a junior out of Mililani. She started seven of 12 matches, scored two goals and had one assist.

Nicole Garbin, a redshirt junior from Baldwin, missed a full season for the second time in three years with an ACL injury to her right knee. The striker also missed the 2002 season with an ACL injury to her left knee.

"I'm completely healed and ready to play. We have our first spring tournament (this week). We have matches against Western Oregon and Concordia," said Garbin.

"I have two years of eligibility left and probably will be in graduate school my final year."

Garbin is a history major and is minoring in special education. She plans to teach at the secondary level.

At rival Oregon State, sophomore defender Tiara Hong (University) played 17 matches for the 10-9-1 Beavers. She scored one goal and had one assist.

Hong also was an honorable-mention selection on the Pac-10 All-Academic women's soccer team. To be eligible, a player must maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average and be a starter or significant contributor.

Two Baldwin graduates helped the Oregon Institute of Technology, an NAIA school, to a 10-5-2 record.

Jenavi Iida, a sophomore midfielder, scored once and had three assists in 17 matches. Freshman defender Kristi Tiniangco played in 14 matches for the Owls.

Kari Otani scored two goals and started 19 matches for the 8-8-3 Portland State Vikings. The sophomore midfielder is from Maui High School.

Kauai High School grad Stacy Sueoka, a sophomore striker, scored three times on the six shots she put on goal for the Pacific Boxers. Brooke Hayashi (Moanalua), a sophomore defender, tallied twice on 11 of 17 shots on goal in 18 matches. Freshman striker Jenna Johnson-Endo (Radford), played in 15 matches, put 5 of 9 on goal without scoring.

Freshman goalkeeper Chris Caswell had a 2.45 goals-allowed average in 845 minutes for the Pacific men's team. He made 41 saves and had one shutout. Castle's Chris Lee, a freshman defender, started 13 of 16 matches, but did not find the net with his two shots.

Moving on

From a posting on the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association Web site (www.hawaiisoccer.com):

Kenji Treschuk (Moanalua), who completed his college career at Penn State last fall, is playing for HCSC Den Helder in the Dutch third division. Playing in the midfield, he scored the winning goal in the 89th minute of his first match.

He will be there until May 25, when he has a tryout with FC Hammelinna, a pro team in Finland, where Danny Hoekman is the head coach. Hoekman was camp coach with the Redwings U-18 team when Treschuk played for the Atlanta-based team in 1999-2000.


See the Columnists section for some past articles.

Just for Kicks runs every other Sunday in the Star-Bulletin. Al Chase can be reached at achase@starbulletin.com.


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