Al Chase

Just For Kicks

By Al Chase

Thursday, December 23, 1999

Postseason honors
for isle athletes

PUNAHOU graduates Erin Otagaki and Allison Hamada have been named to the all-Pacific 10 Conference honorable mention All-Academic soccer team.

Otagaki, a sophomore striker majoring in English, maintains a 3.33 grade point average. She scored one goal and had two assists for the 8-8-2 Huskies.

Hamada has a 3.20 GPA at Oregon State. The junior defender is majoring in nutrition.

Despite starting just four of 18 matches for Portland State, sophomore striker Jamie Harlor (Leilehua) led the Vikings (5-13) with six assists and scored three goals.

The leading scorer for Southern Colorado (7-11-0) was junior striker Kathy Sadayasu (Waiakea). She scored seven goals and had one assist for the Thunderwolves .

Another Big Islander, senior defender Alana Cabatu (Hawaii Prep) was named to the all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference second team. She scored a goal and had one assist for Southern Colorado.

Jaret Asuncion (Kamehameha), a junior midfielder, scored two goals and had two assists for the Loyola Marymount Lions (8-8-3).

TWO defenders from Hawaii, senior Carrie McLanahan (University) and sophomore Starr Johnson (Punahou), helped the Oregon Ducks set a single-season record for victories (7).

Alicia Vegas (Waimea) was an All-Central Region first team selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association. It's the second consecutive year the Simpson College senior striker has been so honored.

Vegas appeared in "Faces in the Crowd" in the Dec. 6 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Reid Nakamura (Iolani), a junior defender, scored a pair of goals and had two assists for California Collegiate Athletic Association champion UC Davis (16-3-2). The Aggies upset No. 5 Seattle Pacific (Pacific West Conference) to reach the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division II tournament.

Seattle Pacific head coach Cliff McGrath decided to redshirt goalkeeper Adrian Cravalho (Kamehameha) and defender Patrick Boltz (Punahou), both freshmen, this year.


The Hawaii Wahine scored the fewest goals (28) among the Western Athletic Conference's seven women's soccer teams, according to the league's final 1999 statistics.

However, Hawaii allowed the fewest goals (18), a major reason the Wahine had their best season ever and qualified for the WAC tournament.

Despite the low goal production, the Wahine were third in average assists per match (1.35 on 27 in 20 matches), a good indication their goals resulted more from teamwork than individual effort.

Led by junior goalkeeper Demarre Sanchez, Hawaii recorded the most saves (130).

The Wahine exhibited discipline in two areas. They received the fewest yellow cards (3) and had the second fewest offside calls (37).

Sophomore striker Veronica Flores was fifth in shots (47), tied for fourth in points (23), third in goals (10), and tied for fourth in game-winning goals (4) with sophomore teammate Jennifer Starsiak.

Sanchez was first in the WAC in saves per match (6.24) and third in saves (106).


The United States women's soccer team won seven of the 12 matches played against the World All-Stars on the recently concluded 55-day indoor exhibition tour.

The tour was created as a way for the U.S. team to capitalize on its extraordinary popularity gained from winning the World Cup in July.

The tour drew a total attendance of 136,230, an average of 11,352 per match.

Al Chase has been covering sports in Hawaii
since 1968. His column appears on Thursdays.
From the local ranks to the World Cup,
Al Chase will help keep you up to date on futbol.

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