Just For Kicks
Aloha United over-45s in ‘Oldie’ event
THE Aloha United Soccer Club will be sending a team to the Supa Oldie Sports International World Fun Cup in Budapest, Hungary, on July 15-23.
Aloha United will play in the over-45 age division during the six days of matches following opening ceremonies on July 15.
The trip will start in Prague, Czechoslovakia, when the team and supporters arrive July 9 just in time to take in the festivities accompanying the World Cup final. Then, on the 14th, 17 players will take the overnight sleeper train to Budapest for the tournament.
In the tournament, any player over 60 is recognized by wearing distinctive golden shorts. One Aloha United player is Frank Lee, who at 72 hopes he is the oldest player in the event.
Vic Peters, president of Aloha United, is attempting to convince SOS officials to hold the next tournament in 2008 in Hawaii.
» Stephanie Yoro has made an oral commitment to play soccer for the Fresno State Bulldogs starting with the 2007 season.
Yoro, who will be a senior at Mililani this fall, normally plays center midfield, but on occasion will move up top.
She also considered Pacific, San Diego State and New Mexico and made visits to Pacific and FSU.
"I like the academic side as well as the soccer side at Fresno State," Yoro said. "The coaches were really nice and I could tell that I would be able to get along with the players."
Yoro plans to major in education and looks forward to a teaching career.
The FSU coaches became aware of Yoro when she and her Leahi Soccer Club teammates played four matches in the Las Vegas Showcase during spring break.
» Brooke Hayashi (Moanalua) and Jenna Johnson-Endo (Radford) were in a three-way tie for second place on the Pacific University Boxers squad with the four goals each scored during the 7-12-1 season.
Hayashi, a junior defender, needed 12 shots to connect four times, twice hitting the game-winning goal. Johnson-Endo delivered her goals on 15 shots. Both players had an assist.
The Boxers had four other players on the roster: Stacy Sueoka (Kauai), a junior striker, who scored once and assisted on another goal; Kelli Ganiko (King Kekaulike), a freshman midfielder, who had a goal and three assists; Lynne Guenther (King Kekaulike), a freshman defender, who found the net once; and Jannell Markle (Leilehua), a freshman, who took one shot from her defender position.
» Three Hawaii freshmen played for the Northern Colorado Bears. Jordan Weeks (Kamehameha '05) a defender, played in 18 matches and put two shots on goal that were saved.
Patricia Wong (Iolani '05) was in four matches and scored one goal on her five shots. Erin Kikumoto (Mililani '05), a defender, got into two matches.
» Lisa Lerud (Punahou '04) played in 11 matches for the San Diego University Toreros. The sophomore defender did not score on her one shot. She is a business major.