Just For Kicks
Al Chase

Hawaii stars
back in business

Duke Hashimoto and Allison Lipsher, who had to rehabilitate knee injuries following surgery in the offseason, are back in the starting lineup for Southern Methodist and Duke, respectively.

Hashimoto scored an unassisted goal at 64:13 against West Virginia in a 1-0 victory last Friday. The senior striker from Iolani faked out one Mountaineer defender, then split two more before finding the net.

Hashimoto was named to the SMU Radisson Hotel Classic all-tournament team following the Mustangs' 2-1 overtime win over South Florida on Sunday.

Lipsher has allowed only two goals in the first five matches for No. 7 Duke (4-0-1), a sparkling 0.38 goals-allowed average. The sophomore goalkeeper from Punahou already has three shutouts.

Keith DeVey is off to a tremendous start in his junior year at Santa Clara.

The junior striker from St. Anthony has been the West Coast Conference Player of the Week in each of the first two weeks of the season.

Two weeks ago he scored the game-winner in the 88th minute as the Broncos beat No. 2 UCLA 3-2. Two days later, DeVey had the only goal in a 1-0 win over Cal State Fullerton.

Last week he scored two goals in a 4-0 victory over Georgetown and was named to the Maryland adidas Classic all-tournament team.

Erica Chong, a junior from Hilo, assisted on the winning goal with 14 seconds left in the match as the Long Island University Blackbirds (3-2) edged the Stony Brook Seawolves 1-0 last Thursday.

The midfielder/striker delivered a through pass on the left flank to the speedy Selima Berisha, who rolled the ball into the net.

Sunday, Chong had her first start since her freshman season in a 2-1 loss to Northeastern at Boston.

Mariko Strickland has started six consecutive matches for San Diego State (5-2) after coming off the bench in the opener. The freshman midfielder from Kauai, who played for Mid-Pacific, scored her first goal at 81:58 vs. Northern Arizona on Aug. 28. Strickland's goal tied the score and SDSU went on to win 2-1.

She got her first assist last Friday on a goal at 84:56 as the Aztecs beat UC Riverside 1-0.

Ashley Nakamoto, who battled fellow freshman Laura Bayle for the starting goalkeeper job at Beloit (Wis.) College, shut out Wisconsin Lutheran 1-0 in the Buccaneers' season opener Sept. 1. The Mililani graduate had three saves in the overtime match.

Pacific University has scored 17 goals in its first three matches after producing only 18 all last year.

Brooke Hayashi, a junior defender from Moanalua, and Jenna Johnson-Endo, sophomore striker from Radford, each have scored three times. Kelli Ganiko, a freshman midfielder from King Kekaulike, has one goal and two assists.

Add Reed McKenna to the Hawaii Olympic Development Program players invited to national camps. He went to the Under-14 boys camp in Concord, Mass., in August.

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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