Just For Kicks
Lawson on All-NAIA tourney team
AMY LAWSON capped a memorable freshman season by being named to the 2005 NAIA All-Tournament Team. She was one of 13 players so honored from the 20 teams that participated.
The striker from Iolani scored three goals in the tournament at Olathe, Kan. She had two against Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in the second round and one against Houghton (N.Y.) in a 3-2 win that sent the Warriors to the semifinals.
Her Westmont team lost to eventual national champion Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie.
Lawson led the 12-3-4 Warriors with 12 goals (five game-winners) and one assist for 25 points. She put 29 of 67 shots on goal.
Juniors Jolie Nitta and Mari Kasamoto made solid contributions to Azusa Pacific's 17-1-4 season that ended in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA tournament with a 2-1 loss to Simon Fraser.
Nitta, a midfielder from Mililani, started all 22 matches, scored four goals and every one was a game winner. She also had four assists. Nitta's fourth game-winner was in the first round at the nationals when she booted home a deflection at 9:22 to start the NAIA No. 1-ranked Cougars on their way to a 3-0 win over Indiana Wesleyan.
Kasamoto put the ball in the net three times, including one game-winning shot. The striker from Iolani had two assists.
Nitta, Lawson and Elizabeth Kalama from Point Loma Nazarene all made the 2005 Women's Soccer All-Golden State Athletic Conference team.
Kalama, a junior defender from Kamehameha, scored the game-winning goal at 67:09 that knocked Menlo out of NAIA Region II tournament Nov. 1. She started all 20 matches for the 12-4-4 Sea Lions, who had their best season ever and finished No. 10 in the final NAIA poll.
Several Hawaii players enjoyed strong seasons for NCAA Division III teams.
Max Bowman played in 19 of Redlands' 22 matches. The sophomore midfielder from Honokaa scored four goals with his 14 shots and had one assist for the 17-3-2 Bulldogs.
Jennifer Lau was the second-leading scorer for the 7-7-1 Wellesley (Mass.) Blue. The sophomore striker from Punahou scored five goals, one a game-winner, and had three assists for 13 points.
Goalkeeper Ashley Nakamoto allowed 23 goals in 16 matches for the Beloit (Wis.) Buccaneers, who were 8-7-2 in 2005. The freshman from Mililani made 91 saves and finished with a 1.41 goals-against average.
Jaymie Honold, a freshman striker from Kapolei, started nine of 15 matches for the Lake Forest (Ill.) Foresters. She was the third leading scorer with five goals and three assists. Honold put 14 of 25 shots on goal for the 8-7-2 team.