Just For Kicks
Al Chase

Seniors leave it
on the field

Bobby Self started 16 of 17 matches for the 4-13-1 Saint Michael's (Colchester, Vt.) Purple Knights. The captain scored two goals, one a game-winner, with his 24 shots.

The Kaiser graduate, a four-year starter, played in 70 career matches.

"Bobby was an outstanding player. His dedication also led him to play for the Vermont Voltage of the PDL (Professional Development League) in the summer. He plays the game with great effort and emotion, always giving it his all," said SMC coach Timothy Kaleita.

Self graduates this semester with a degree in political science. He may attend law school or try to play professionally.

Jennifer Hall played in 19 matches for the Whitworth (Spokane, Wash.) Pirates, who had a 13-5-1 record, best for the team since 1995. Hall, a senior striker from Kaiser, put 12 of 20 shots on goal and scored three times.

"Jen always brought a positive spirit for training, for games and off the field. Her teammates were very important to her and in turn Jen was one of the most liked and respected persons in our program. Jen always gave a great effort and scored important goals this year as the team garnered national recognition," said coach Sean Bushey.

Colby Ayonon, senior midfielder from Kapaa, played in all 20 matches for the 10-9-1 Linfield Wildcats. The co-captain scored one goal and it was a game-winner.

"Colby won the 2004 Linfield Men's Soccer Hall of Fame Award given to the senior student-athlete who has demonstrated outstanding play and dedication throughout their entire athletic career at Linfield," said coach Eric Watson.

Bethany Nishimoto scored a goal in the first two matches of the NAIA Region IV tournament as the Dordt Lady Defenders beat Concordia 3-2 and Friends 2-0. However, Dordt missed a trip to the NAIA national tournament when the Park Pirates blanked the Lady Defenders in the regional title match 5-0.

Nishimoto, a senior striker from Hanalani, finished her career with 37 goals (fourth), 16 assists (ninth) and 90 points (fourth) on the all-time Dordt lists.

Ivy academic honors

All three Hawaii women playing soccer in the Ivy League -- juniors Kara Ishikawa at Cornell, Maile Tavepholjalern at Harvard and Romy Trigg-Smith at Princeton -- were selected to Fall Academic All-Ivy League team.

Ishikawa is majoring in biological sciences. The Iolani grad started all 17 matches and led the Big Red with four goals.

Tavepholjalern (Punahou through the 10th grade, is majoring in applied mathematics.

Trigg-Smith (Punahou) is an architecture major. She was the only Tiger named to the All-Championship Team at the NCAA Women's College Cup.

To be chosen, a student/athlete must be a starter or key reserve on a varsity team with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade-point average.

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