'Iolani, Kapolei move on in soccer


POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2009

'Iolani junior Nick Goo just missed a hat trick, but the shifty forward supplemented his two goals with an assist to lead the Raiders past Roosevelt 4-0 in the Division I quarterfinal round of the JN Automotive Group /HHSAA Boys Soccer State Championships yesterday afternoon at a wet and windy Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.

Interscholastic League of Honolulu champion 'Iolani (12-0-1) advances to today's semifinal contest against Kapolei at 5 p.m.

The Hurricanes (12-5-1) upset third-seeded Kamehameha-Maui, the Maui Interscholastic League champion, 4-0 in an earlier quarterfinal match yesterday.

“;I wasn't sure how it was going to be after a week layoff, the players were anxious to play after seeing each other for that long a time,”; 'Iolani coach Chris Lee said of the down time between the ILH season's end and the start of the state tournament. “;We always want to come out with a quick start. Being able to knock the ball around and possess it, we got into a good flow of the game.”;

The Raiders took a 1-0 advantage in the 14th minute as Marcus Joy unleashed a shot and saw his ball ricochet off a Roosevelt defender and carom into the goal as Rough Riders goalkeeper Jay Tsuruoka dived in the opposite direction.

Goo picked up an assist in the 18th minute, finding Jordon Lee on a looping cross that seemed to hang in the air just long enough for the freshman to punch it into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal to put 'Iolani up by two.

In the 34th minute, Goo notched his first goal, taking a pass from Brock Granger, and curling the ball around the left goal post and past a slew of diving Rough Riders to put the Raiders up comfortably just prior to halftime.

“;With a lot of games in the tournament, you want to try and put the game away early so that you can rest some of your players,”; Lee said.

The Granger-to-Goo connection continued 5 minutes into the second half as the midfielder found the cutting forward in the 6-yard box for an open score on Goo's second goal of the match.

“;The team played really well, and it was good because it gave us the momentum,”; Goo said. “;It should carry us through the rest of the tournament. It was good to get the goals early because we got to rest our starters, and get some people off the bench.”;

'Iolani, in search of its first state title since the 2000 season, held the overwhelming edge in experience with 15 seniors on their roster. Roosevelt, which finished sixth in the Oahu Interscholastic Association, only has three.

“;'Iolani was just too tough for us. They're the number one seed. They're really good,”; said Roosevelt coach Ed Ota, whose squad fell to 9-5-3 on the year. “;I don't think we had any matchup problems, but their skill level is way higher than (that of the) OIA. That's the difference. In the OIA we can compete, in the ILH, I don't know. We're not up there yet.”;

Kapolei 4, Kamehameha-Maui 0
Justin Malvar scored twice to lead the Hurricanes (12-5-1) past the fourth-seeded Warriors (9-4) and into today's semifinals against Iolani.

Ben Snyder and Jake Glendon also scored for Kapolei.

Kamehameha-Maui plays Roosevelt in a fifth-place bracket game today.

Punahou 2, Kealakehe 1
The Buffanblu (9-2-3) got goals from Lucas Lam and Kevin Johns in the victory over the third-seeded and previously undefeated Waveriders (15-1).

Kimi Jacob had the lone Kealakehe goal.

Punahou plays Mililani in the semifinals tonight.

The Waveriders drop to the fifth-place bracket for a game today against Kalaheo.

Mililani 3, Kalaheo 0
Landon Salvador, Philip Sakaba and Aaron Yokoyama scored for the Trojans (13-1-2), who advanced to the semifinals with the victory over the Mustangs (11-4-2).


Division I Consolation matches

Moanalua 4, Hilo 3 (PKs 3-1)

Bricen Hue, Justin Watanabe and Kelsey Tsutsui scored for Na Menehune (10-5-3) in the victory.

Jay Villeza, Thomas Kerr and Kip Nagata had the goals for the Vikings (9-5-3).

Moanalua broke the tie on penalty kicks after two overtime periods.

Na Menehune meets King Kekaulike in tomorrow's consolation final.

King Kekaulike 2, Kaiser 1
Logan Bantilan scored twice to give Na Alii (8-4-2) a two-goal halftime lead in the victory over the Cougars (5-10-3).

Junior Santos scored for Kaiser.


Division II quarterfinals

Seabury Hall 3, Honokaa 0

Willy Harris, Kevin Blount and Jacob San all scored for the top-seeded Spartans (11-1-1) in the victory over the Dragons (10-6-1).

With the win, Seabury Hall advanced to the semifinals today against Kapaa.

Honokaa fell to the fifth-place bracket, where it takes on Kailua.

Kapaa 3, Kailua 0
Caleb Sarsona, Ikaika Fuerte and Glenn Miguel delivered the goals for the fourth-seeded Warriors (8-0-1), who moved on to the semifinals by beating the Surfriders (11-3).

Hawaii Prep 3, Kamehameha-Hawaii 2
Erik Zhou scored twice and Johnny Himalaya added one goal for second-seeded Ka Makani (13-3), who moved into today's semifinals against Mid-Pacific.

Kaiao Nahalea and Mark Peters had the goals for the Warriors (7-5-5), who meet Waialua in a fifth-place bracket game today.

Mid-Pacific 6, Waialua 1
Cody Sullivan led the way for the Owls (7-7) with two goals in the win over the third-seeded Bulldogs (12-1).

Taylor Chong, Ryne Shimabukuro, John Hyland and Taylor Nemiroff also scored for Mid-Pacific, which advanced to the semifinals.

Conner Prindle scored the lone goal for Waialua.


Division II consolation matches

Makua Lani Christian 6, McKinley 1

Kifford Hawkins and Jerry Walsh scored two goals apiece to lead the Lions (10-5-2) past the Tigers (6-6-3) to advance to the consolation final against Radford.

Andrew Kwon had McKinley's lone goal.

Radford 1, Konawaena 0
Austin Adams scored the game-winning goal in the 65th minute for the Rams (7-2-1) in the victory over the Wildcats (9-7-1).