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A ‘first’ for several isle players
Several players from Hawaii registered "firsts" in soccer matches recently.
» Erica Chong scored her first collegiate goal in the Long Island Blackbirds' 3-0 win over Temple last Friday. The junior midfielder from Hilo placed her shot in the left corner of the goal at 83:22. The goal came in her 38th career match. The team is 5-4-0.
» David Gualdarama's first assist of the season came on the first goal in New Mexico's 2-1 win over Tulsa on Sunday. The sophomore midfielder from Kamehameha has played in five matches, starting two for the Lobos (8-0-0) the consensus No. 1 men's team in the country.
» Chelsea Arakawa recorded her first college assist when she set up the fourth goal for Southern Oregon in the Raiders' 6-0 victory over Great Falls Sunday. The freshman striker from Pearl City has appeared in 10 matches with one start.
» The Sept. 21 match between Idaho State and Boise State found 2003 Mililani graduates Jennifer Loo (ISU), a defender, and striker Liane Tom (BSU) going against each other, along with midfielder Allison Tsuchida (BSU), a 2004 Punahou graduate.
Tsuchida and Loo cracked heads going for the same ball, with Tsuchida leaving the match. Tsuchida recovered and picked up her first assist in a 1-1 tie vs. Southern Utah State on Monday.
The three played club soccer together for the Honolulu Bulls.
» Brett Kagawa, a junior defender from Mililani, assisted on the game-winning goal Sept. 18 in Whitworth's Pirates 2-0 win over George Fox. It was his first point of the season for the Pirates (6-1-1).
Trel Mangarin scored the game-winning goal, an unassisted effort, last Thursday as the Humboldt State Lumberjacks edged Western Washington 2-1. The sophomore striker from Hawaii Prep hit the net at 80:56. He leads HSU (7-5-1) with three goals and one assist.
Kara Ishikawa tops Cornell with 11 points on four goals and three assists, helping the Big Red (6-1 overall, 1-0 Ivy League) to their best start since 1986. Ishikawa, a senior midfielder from Iolani, has taken 20 shots.
Cornell missed tying the school record for consecutive wins Tuesday when the Bucknell Bison scored twice in the final 8 minutes for a 3-2 victory.
Rachel Cordery leads the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers (3-5-0) with four assists. The sophomore midfielder from Kalaheo has put 11 of 17 shots on goal, but found the nets just once.
Rachel Lau, a freshman from Punahou, picked up her second assist in Harvard's 1-0 win Sept. 17 over Miami. The defender's two assists have come on the only score in the match.
Thiago Pinto, who comes from Bela Horizonte, Brazil, and played for St. Joseph, is a tri-captain for the Bethel College (Ind.) Pilots. He is a senior midfielder.