Just For Kicks
Al Chase

Anton hopes to
turn professional

Max Anton spent the summer playing with the Bradenton (Fla.) Academics in the Premier Development League that operates under the United Soccer Leagues banner.

The Academics train at the IMG Academies, where student-athletes can take academic classes while training in several sports.

Anton, a 2004 Kalaheo graduate, left Friday for Florida and will stay at least until Christmas.

"I'm still an amateur and I'm taking classes, but, if things work out, I hope to bypass college and go pro. That's my goal," said Anton.

He appeared in four matches for the Academics, played 201 minutes and scored twice on four shots. He saw action in the midfield and up top.

"It was a good experience. It's pretty much college kids, although there are some former Major League Soccer players in the league," said Anton. "It was definitely an eye-opener. They make you work hard. My goal is to be picked in the MLS Draft next year."

This is the same Academy where Freddy Adu, who appeared at Aloha Stadium with D.C. United last February, completed his high school education.

MELE FRENCH has been forced to end her collegiate soccer career after suffering several concussions.

The Mililani graduate scored two goals and had an assist last year as a sophomore for the Oregon Ducks. In 12 matches, the striker put 10 of 17 shots on goal.

The Ducks also lost Kami Kapaku, last year's leading scorer as a freshman with four goals. The university has declared the Baldwin graduate academically in eligible for the 2005 season.

In a press release, new coach Tara Erickson said, "Kami's got a tough road ahead to get back academically, but we'll give her all the support we can and hope to see her back on the field next year."

Carmen Calpo is taking this year off from school and soccer at East Carolina. The Pearl City grad plans to return to the Pirates next year.

ERYN KISHIMOTO, a goalkeeper from Mililani, has given up playing soccer for the Pacific Tigers after two seasons.

"Eryn is a great kid who I would happily have on our team if she had the time. She was told by the pharmacy department when she was accepted that she would not have the time to play after her sophomore season because of the heavy time demand required to succeed in that major," said UOP coach Keith Coleman.

"Eryn is still here and seems to be doing great, but unfortunately doesn't have the time to be currently involved with the team."

Kelsie Look, a Punahou graduate, enrolled at Loyola Marymount. The midfielder will wait until her sophomore season to play soccer for the Lions.

There was one change among Western Athletic Conference women's coaches over the summer.

Peter Showler was hired to coach the Idaho women's soccer team. He replaces Royce "Arby" Busey, who resigned after three seasons.

The Vandals joined the WAC on July 1. They will play the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine on Oct. 7 at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park.

See the Columnists section for some past articles.

Just for Kicks runs every other Sunday in the Star-Bulletin. Al Chase can be reached at achase@starbulletin.com.

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