D-II BOYS STATE SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Rain wreaks havoc at Waipio Peninsula fields
Three of the four Division II quarterfinal matches at the JN Automotive State Boys Soccer Championships were "terminated" approximately 20 minutes from completion when the tournament committee ruled that playing conditions were unsafe.
State Boys Soccer
At Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park
» Kauai 4, Christian Liberty 2
» Kapaa 8, McKinley 0
» Hawaii Prep 3, Kailua 0
» Kamehameha-Hawaii 3, Farrington 0
» Christian Liberty 4, McKinley 0
» Kailua 4, Farrington 1
» Honokaa vs. Kauai, 0-0, to be completed today at 10 a.m.
» Kapaa 3, Kahuku 0
» Mid-Pacific 1, Hawaii Prep 0
» Kamehameha-Hawaii 2, Seabury Hall 0
» Kahuku vs. Honokaa-Kauai loser, 4 p.m., field 9
» Hawaii Prep vs. Seabury Hall, 4 p.m., field 10
» Kapaa vs. Honokaa-Kauai winner, 4 p.m., field 11
» Kamehameha-Hawaii vs. Mid-Pacific, 4 p.m., field 12
» Christian Liberty vs. Kailua, 4 p.m., field 9
» Today's consolation winners, 4 p.m., field 10
» Today's semifinal losers, 2 p.m., stadium
» Today's semifinal winners, 6 p.m., stadium
Flash-flood warnings across West and Central Oahu were certainly valid. A steady downpour fell on Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex for about 45 minutes -- basically from the 3 p.m. start of the D-II quarterfinals. Because the D-II games are played on the outlying fields around the stadium, lack of drainage became a major issue.
"We followed the NFHS soccer rule book, which states the officials may terminate a game when the field is no longer playable or the safety of the players is in question," committee member Gregory Van Cantfort said. "We wanted to make sure that we followed all of the proper protocol for procedures."
The NFHS rule states that when a match is halted due to inclement weather before halftime, it may be postponed and resumed at a later date. Once the second half begins, by rule, no match can be postponed. A stoppage at that point means the match is done.
"We would have liked to have seen the games completed, but it's unfortunate the conditions didn't allow for that," Van Cantfort said. "The committee really held off, and me being a former soccer coach, we really held off as long as we could."
The match between top-seeded Honokaa and Kauai was tied at 0 at the stoppage and will resume with overtime today at 10 a.m.
Rain was the major concern, but lightning and thunder were also nearby. The committee kept tabs on the situation through the weather bureau.
It was a sudden end for the three teams that saw their matches stopped, but with standing water on the field -- where the ball actually could float -- nothing could be done.
The same heavy rain had an effect on D-I matches in the stadium, but the drainage system there took care of the problem.
"The outside fields don't really drain as nicely as this field (in the stadium)," Van Cantfort said. "In here, we had standing water on this field and it completely drained within 20 minutes."
Mid-Pacific 1, Hawaii Prep 0
Kennedy Spencer scored at the 45-minute mark to give the second-seeded Owls the win. MPI (6-6-1) will play Kamehameha-Hawaii today at 4 p.m.
Kapaa 3, Kahuku 0
Chance Bukoski scored goals at the 36- and 38-minute marks as the Warriors toppled the fourth-seeded Red Raiders. Ian Lactaotao scored Kapaa's first goal at the 11-minute mark.
Kapaa (8-1-1) will face the Honokaa-Kauai winner at 4 p.m. Kahuku (11-3-1) plays the Honokaa-Kauai loser at 4 p.m.
Kamehameha-Hawaii 2, Seabury Hall 0
Shawn Auwae scored at the 8-minute mark and Cameron Castillo added a goal at the 45-minute mark as the Warriors (15-2) upset the third-seeded Spartans (5-7-1).
Christian Liberty 4, McKinley 0
Isaac Grotenhuis' hat trick -- three goals in the first 12 minutes of play -- sparked the Canefire over the Tigers. Richard Meyland added a goal at the 41-minute mark for the tiny school from Hilo.
Kailua 4, Farrington 1
Grant Oyadomori and James Crowell scored first-half goals, and Cheyne Tribby and Gary Gallarado added late goals as the Surfriders (8-6-1) defeated the Governors.
Timothy Uelese scored for Farrington (4-10-1) at the 35-minute mark.