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REID Kanada made quite an impression in his first season with the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute (Prescott, Ariz.) Eagles. The freshman midfielder/striker from Castle scored five goals, two of them game-winning shots, and had three assists for the 8-11-1 Eagles.
Kanada was named the Eagles Freshman of the Year and Attacker of the Year.
Kalei Silva (Anuenue) started all 19 matches for the ERAI women's team. The junior midfielder scored three goals, one a game winner, and assisted on two.
Maureen Lierman, a Maryknoll grad who played for Pac-Five, suffered an ACL injury last winter. The junior goalkeeper was not able to play this year, according to Eagles coach Meghan Luckett.
"Maureen was on the roster and trained with the team. Kalei had a very good year and we are excited about 2006," Luckett said. The Eagles were 8-9, after going 3-16 in 2004.
Le'a Williams, a sophomore midfielder from Kauai, decided to focus on school in the fall semester.
» Sept. 25 was a bizarre day for Rachel and Erica Cordery, starting midfielders for the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers of the NAIA Cascade Conference. In a match that day at Ellensburg, Wash., against Central Washington, the sisters both suffered the same injury -- a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the left knee.
Erica, a freshman from Hawaii Baptist, left the match at 24:04 and Rachel, a sophomore from Kalaheo, went out at 80:06. The sisters are expected to recover in time for the 2006 season, according to EOU sports information director Sam Ghrist.
Both played the first nine matches. Rachel put 11 of 19 shots on goal and scored once. She had four assists. Erica did not score.
Jen Junk (Kalaheo) saw action in 15 matches for the 5-10-2 Mountaineers. The sophomore had one assist.
» Five freshmen from Hawaii, PJ Egloria (Mililani '04), Brady Nunes (Baldwin '05), Kimo Ballesteros (Baldwin '04), Holden Lau (Roosevelt '05) and Ryan Bibilone (Leilehua '05), were instrumental in the Santa Rosa Junior College men's soccer team posting a 23-1 record this fall. The Bear Cubs' only loss was to Santa Ana JC in the California JC championship game on Dec. 11.
Egloria, a striker, scored six goals and had eight assists. Nunes, a midfielder, scored two goals and assisted on two. Ballesteros, a striker, also had two goals and two assists. Lau, a defender, had one assist, and Bibilone, a midfielder, had six assists and two goals.
Egloria, Nunes, Lau and Bibilone all play club soccer for the Hawaii Rush.
» Keoki Haole and Ariel Osorio, both 16, have accepted an invitation from the United States Soccer Federation to attend the Under-18 national men's team training camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Jan. 17-24.
The cousins, who made the national pool in 2004, play club for Real Hawaii 89 Copa and for Kapolei and Kamehameha, respectively, during the prep season.