Hawaii Prep advances to state championship game
Hawaii Prep advanced to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II girls soccer state championship game with a 3-2 win over No. 2 seed Kapaa on Friday.
No. 3 Ka Makani (12-1-2) got two goals from Bri Vallente and one from Jahnae Ayoso-Purdy to reach today’s final against top seed Mid-Pacific (6-7-1). The teams will play at 5 p.m. at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex on Oahu, a rematch of the 2012 championship match won by Mid-Pacific 1-0.
“I thought we played so much better today,” said Ka Makani coach Steve Perry. “We moved the ball better. Think our girls really did (play well), even though we gave up the early goal. We came right back.”
Kapaa (7-2-2) took an early lead when Kekai Gonsalves scored 14 minutes, 9 seconds into the match. HPA quickly tied the game with Vallente’s goal 15:34 into the match.
“It was pretty much right off the kickoff,” Perry said. “Lauren Pries, playing at center midfielder today, passed it up to Bri, and Bri made a nice shot.”
The game remained tied at halftime.
In the second half, Gabby Ewing sent a long ball to Vallente into space, the best way to pass to Vallente, Perry said. Vallente made the most of the chance and gave HPA a 2-1 lead at the 54:31 mark.
Ayoso-Purdy stretched the lead to 3-1 61:42 into the match.
“She got the ball on the right side, juked two defenders and blasted it through,” Perry said. “It’s the best move she made all year. She was pretty stoked, as you might imagine.”
Kapaa’s Casie Wilson finished the scoring in the 74th minute.
Makua Lani 3, Nanakuli 2 (PK): Karissa Komo took over in goal for the penalty kicks, and she scored the game-clinching goal as Makua Lani advanced to Saturday play at the HHSAA tournament for the first time in its history.
Komo drilled a shot into the right half of the net to clinch a 3-1 tiebreaker in penalty kicks, sending the Lions (6-9) to today’s fifth-place game against Radford. Komo also made two saves in the penalty kick portion of the game.
Tiffany Nakamura and Lauren Mabuni also scored in the extra session.
Makua Lani appeared ready to win the game in regulation after Komo’s shot in the 73rd minute bounced off a Nanakuli defender right to Nakamura. Nakamura scored from 6 yards out to give the Lions a 2-1 lead.
But Nanakuli (6-9-1) fought back, and Jayna-Ann Santiago scored off a corner kick in the final minute to send the game to penalty kicks. For consolation bracket games, the semifinal round bypasses the overtime period.
Makua Lani drew first blood in 28th minute of the game. Keili Dorn scored from 30 yards out after a pass from Sina Easley. Injured starter Hannah Shimizu, who hurt her knee in Thursday’s game against Hawaii Prep, started the play with a pass to Easley. Shimizu was only able to play about 12 minutes on Friday.
The Lions led 1-0 at halftime, but Lauren Ku tied the game in the second half on a header.
Makua Lani will face Radford at 3 p.m. today.
Konawaena 2, Moanalua 1: Pualani Ubando scored in the game’s final minute as the Wildcats (12-2-1) advanced to today’s fifth-place match against Kamehameha-Maui (13-3).
Moanalua (12-4) took a 1-0 lead in the first half on Aryana Cabudol’s goal in the 22nd minute. Konawaena’s Kaulana Ruedy tied the game in the 48th minute.
Konawaena will face Kamehameha-Maui at 3 p.m. today.