Tsunami open with

By Pat Bigold

A few weeks ago, the Hawaii Tsunami were in fourth place and the Everett BigFoot looked solid atop the Western Conference of The United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues' Pro League.

But, after winning four of its last five games, Hawaii came out on top of the conference heap.

So, for the second time in their three years of existence, the Tsunami will host a USISL playoff game. They earned the right last year by winning what was then called the Northwest Division.

And who will be coming here as the conference's third-place team? None other than Everett.

The BigFoot will meet Hawaii at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the University of Hawaii's Cooke Field. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Hawaii is 4-0 against Everett, dating back to July 1995, including a 2-1 road victory on July 27.

The Tsunami and BigFoot are both 10-6. But the Tsunami compiled 30 points to Everett's 24 due to the fact that all of Hawaii's victories were outright and worth three points apiece. Everett, on the other hand, had three shootout wins which are worth only one point each.

Although the Tsunami have scored 31 goals to Everett's 27, the BigFoot have the more potent individual threat on their roster.

He is Craig Beeson, a striker with 17 goals and 36 points overall. He is third in the conference in both offensive categories.

"They have a big size advantage." said Tsunami second-year head coach Andrew Rowley. "They have three big boys up front, including Beeson."

Hawaii does not have anybody in the top 10 in these categories. But the Tsunami have a relatively well-balanced attack for a squad that lost the heart of its 1995 championship team and struggled through most of this season.

Jerry Proctor, despite being sidelined with injuries part of the season, has seven goals and seven assists to lead the team with 14 points.

Luis Orellana leads the team in goals with nine. He has four assists.

Chris Fisher and Chris Gilmore have scored five goals and recorded five assists apiece.

The Tsunami wound up with the conference's leading keeper in goals-against average. Chris Carniato, a towering 6-foot-8 presence in the net, has allowed eight goals in 1,120 minutes of action for an 0.64 average.

"They have some monsters up front and Chris will have to dominate his 18-yard box or our defenders are in trouble," said Rowley.

"But we really shut down their long-ball attack in the last game in Everett. We must not allow them to target their big boys up front. We have to force them to play the ball on the ground."

The Tsunami rebounded from an early 3-5 record to win seven of their last eight games.

They won the conference by a single point over the Chico (Calif.) Rooks. Chico could have taken the title with a victory against Yakima (Wash.) last weekend but the Reds upset the Rooks, 1-0.

If the Tsunami win this weekend's playoff game, they will advance to the conference playoff championship game the following weekend. A victory there would send them to the league championship, playoffs for the second consecutive year.

The "Sizzlin' Six Pro League Tournament" will be held in Charleston, S.C., Aug. 19-24.

Last year, the Tsunami beat the Oregon Surge in the Northwest Division championship playoff game at Aloha Stadium but lost both their games in the USISL "Sizzlin' Nine" championships on Long Island.

Hatcher helped Californians
win a national championship

By Pat Bigold

Former Kalani High School all-star Carol Hatcher's heart is in Hawaii but she's glad she had a chance to be a member of a California team that won a national soccer championship this summer.

Hatcher, who was on partial scholarship her freshman year at Loyola Marymount University, played outside halfback on the North Huntington Beach (NHB) soccer club that won the United States Youth Soccer Association national championship (18-19 year olds) in Indiana a few weeks ago.

Hatcher said that if her friends and former Hawaii Youth Soccer Association coaches, Michelle Nagamine and Lori Baker, had asked her to play for them in the HYSA state tournament, she would have come home.

"I was surprised NHB asked me to play for them," said Hatcher, who knew that team had lost in the national final in 1995.

"I called Michelle and Lori and asked if they were forming a team, but they weren't," she said. "They told me to go with NHB and they were excited for me."

Hatcher's team beat four other teams from the California south region to win the state championship. They then went to the Far West Regionals in Seattle during the week of June 22, playing every day for five days. With the regional championship in hand, they moved on to the nationals the third week of July.

NHB beat the Boston Bulls, 1-0, for the national title.

Hatcher was a two-time Oahu Interscholastic Association Eastern Division first-team all-star at Kalani after playing two seasons with Sacred Hearts Academy. In HYSA, she played under Nagamine and Baker for Central Oahu and Leahi.

She made West Coast Conference honorable mention at Loyola Marymount but will transfer to the University of Southern California this fall. She said she is following her college coach, Jim Millinder, in his move to USC.

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