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JAMIE Sato was a special player for the University of Puget Sound women's soccer team even though she wasn't a regular starter.
Sato an inspiration
The Kailua graduate was a role model for the Loggers' underclassmen reserves.
"As a senior, Jamie was a leader the other players followed," said UPS head coach Randy Hanson.
"It was a tough position for Jamie. You can have a division between starters and reserves, but her attitude was to prepare, prepare and make an impact when she got in there. She did a great job at that."
Sato played a wing midfielder when UPS used a 3-4-3 alignment and in the middle when the 4-3-3 setup was employed.
In the middle, she was an attacking midfielder. Her duties were to support the center forward and to generate offense.
"Jamie made a positive impact every time she played. The other players had to notice," Hanson said.
Sato scored two goals on nine shots this year for UPS (15-2-1), Northwest Conference titleholders for the first time and ranked third in the final NCAA Division III poll.
The women's soccer team also posted the school's highest team grade-point average. Sato, who is majoring in mathematics, contributed a GPA of 3.7 or 3.8, according to Hanson.
Unfortunately, the Loggers' season ended last Friday when Chapman College scored a 2-1 overtime victory in an NCAA III West Regional semifinal match at Salem, Ore.
Shari Nishikawa, the most heavily recruited Hawaii prep soccer player ever a year ago, is a first-team All-West Coast Conference member.
Nishikawa (Iolani) is the first Loyola Marymount freshman in history to earn such acclaim.
A midfielder/defender, she played just about every minute of the Lions' (12-6-1) 19 matches.
Nishikawa scored the game-winning goal against Cal State Northridge Oct. 10 and had one assist this season.
Jenny deHay's freshman season at Louisiana State ended when the 15-5-0 Tigers were beaten by Kentucky, 2-0, in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
DeHay, a striker from Kamehameha, played in all 20 matches, starting 17. She scored one goal and recorded three assists.
Her twin sister, Robyn, has played in six matches for 15th-ranked Stanford (12-5-1). She scored one goal on two shots during the regular season.
She got off another shot last night as the Cardinal advanced in the NCAA Division I tournament with a 4-1 victory over San Jose State, upset winner of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.
Cherish Kaaa (University) was the second leading scorer for Linfield College in 2000.
The senior striker scored three goals and had one assist for the 6-9-3 Wildcats.
Kaaa, who lives in Kapolei, also earned first-team, all-Northwest Conference honors
Shanon Hopkins (Hilo) has been named to the Northwest Conference's first team and Ryan Stanley (Kaiser) is the goalkeeper on the second team.
Hopkins, a junior striker for NWC champion Linfield (18-0-1), is the Wildcats' second leading scorer with 10 goals and two assists in 15 matches.
However, Hopkins won't be with the Wildcats when they travel to the NCAA Division III West Regional at St. Peter, Minn., this weekend. He suffered a leg injury in a match Oct. 13. It isn't known when he will be available.
Stanley had 101 saves and a 1.64 goals allowed average in 19 matches for the 5-13-1 Pacific University (Ore.) Boxers.