O’ahu Interscholastic Association Championships – Day 2

The biggest story in the second day of playoffs were the two consolation games — where Kaiser and Leilehua both advanced, victories over Pearl City and Moanalua respectively. More importantly, these two consolation games locked berths in next week’s Hawai’i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) State Championships.

With 4 goals each from both Randi Gongob and Jessie Watkins, Kaiser girls took out their opponent. The second game was a bit closer, 10-8, with Brianna Kirk leading Leilehua with 6 goals and Rell Koizumi leading Moanalua with 4 goals.

In the first semifinal, tournament favorite Kahuku Red Raiders outlasted Roosevelt Rough Riders 18-8 behind 6 goals from Kahea Kahaulelio, mostly on speedy counterattacks, but the best contest of the day was saved for the nightcap.

The second semifinal proved to be an amazing test of willpower. Kapolei jumped out to a 5-1 lead, eventually 7-3 at one point late in the game due to balanced scoring. But then it got interesting at Central O’ahu Regional Park (CORP) Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center (VMAC), as Mililani picked up the pressure on defense and pace on offense. A sweet pass from Dru Daley to Kylie Tom tied the game at 7-7, then another pass from Daley to Cassie Kawamata tied it again at 8-8 to force overtime. In the OT, Kapolei Hurricanes got a quick two-goal lead to hold on 10-9 and advance to the gold medal game versus the Red Raiders on Saturday, with goals from seven players. Daley and Kawamata finished with 4 each for the Lady Trojans and will play for bronze against the Rough Riders.

 

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