Below is the reverse chronological order summary of games for Day 2:
Thursday, Second Round
Game 9, #1 Punahou 18-4 over Kaiser
Punahou’s starting seven of Emalia Eichelberger (GK), Robbie Bickerton, Micaela Kauhane, Marissa Anne Miller, Saki Migliorato, Malia Gacutan and Danielle Kauahi pounded out a early 8-0 lead then cruised to the win over Kaiser in the final game of the evening. There were no game MVPs, just all-around outstanding Team play! Migliorato had 5 goals for the ‘BuffanBlu,’ with Bickerton, Kauhane and Miller all scoring before reserves Natassia Dunn, Kaya Lee, Madison Meister and Daralyn Wen came in off the bench to score. Kaiser’s ‘starters’ didn’t start until the second half to rest up, but surprised Punahou with Seniors Lara Yasume winning two sprints and two steals and Ana Alumbaugh scoring 2 goals to go along with an assist and a steal to make a dent in Punahou’s armor.
- Punahou 8-0-4-6 = 18
- Kaiser 0-0-3-1 = 4
Game 8, KS-Kapalama 14-6 over #3 seed KS-Hawai’i
Although the Big Island top-seeded squad held tough the first half, they were overshadowed by tougher Team play in the second, as Kamehameha School-Kapalama, Oahu, handled the course of the game well, putting them in to the second Semi, and positioning them for a run to the final. Payton Bosque and Kaylen Nitahara led the Oahu group with 3 each, with 2 goals contributed by Kayla Aloiau-Hose, Monet Bisch, and Keylee Leong. Co-Captains Katelynn Kubo 3, and Alyssa Pelanca 2, contributed for the Big Island contingent.
- KS-Hawaii 2-2-0-2 = 6
- KS-Kapalama 4-2-3-5 = 14
Game 7, #2 Kahuku 9-5 over Baldwin
Kahuku used a strong game from Senior Team Captain Indie Pyzel, 4 goals, 2 draws, 2 steals and an assist, coupled with overall Team play from Ava Countryman 2 assists and 1 goal, Sophia Wilson 2 steals and 1 goal, and Isabella Walker 4 assists 2 goals and 1 steal, to name a few, to overcome Baldwin of Maui and advance to Semi-2. Kendra Bean, 2 goals 1 assist, and Rebecca Buenrostro Gallimore, 2 goals, 2 steals, 4 sprints won, led the Baldwin effort. Note here that, although Baldwin goalie Kiara Espeleta only had five saves in ~three quarters, near the end of the third, she cleanly blocked Attacker Izzy Walker’s 1-v-1 counter. Kahuku Goalkeeper Noa Cravens also had a stellar game with 5 clean saves, 1 steal, and 1 long-ball-assist to Wilson’s counterattack goal.And one more note, the two referees for this game, Sydney Lyons and Greg Wong, went above and beyond in calling a great game under intense pressure.
- Kahuku 2-1-2-4 = 9
- Baldwin 2-0-2-1 = 5
Game 6, Roosevelt 10-9 (3OT) over #4 Lahainaluna
Highly agree with Honolulu Star-Advertiser writer Brian McInnis that the matchup between Maui’s top team and the OIA runner-up is the “game of the tournament” so far. Both teams handled adverse situations well, and referees Keahou Chang and Grace Chen maintained discipline in the pool by calling an outstanding game.
In the first half, the Riders took it to the Lunas, with assists and goals by Taylor Brooks, April Gomes, Rayna Miranda, Sarah Yasuda, and Laura Young… then they went flat losing Brooks to three major fouls, and Luna Co-Capt Lalelei Mataafa started her scoring spree with the first five of her goals. Regulation time found a 6-6 tie. In OT1, Julia Bianco and Nikki Zamani scored, both assisted by Mataafa, but the Rough Riders answered with a Gomes’ field block followed by her assist to Miranda. In OT2, a Yasuda to Young pass for a drive-in goal tied the score, only to have Mataafa rifle in a skim shot from long range. At critical time of the last possession, Yasuda drew an ejection, got the ball to Young and back for a goal. At the end of two overtime periods, scores were a level 9-9. Enter golden goal/aka sudden victory. On the first Roosevelt possession, again late in the possession, Yasuda drew another kickout, creating a new shot clock and new hope. This time, she picked up the ball herself and found teammate Miranda who fired in the game winner!
Interviewing Yasuda and Young post-game, yours truly inquired about several things, the first being game strategy. They both chirped in, “Watch #4 (Mataafa). Stay on her tight.” Secondly what did your coach, Sue Nishioka say at the end of regulation? Again, both simultaneously, “You have to really want it!” Third thing, any change in strategy? “No, but a reminder to ‘just keep moving’ (to draw an advantage).” Indeed they did, advancing to the final four!
- Lahainaluna 1-1-1-3-2-1-0 = 9
- Roosevelt 2-3-1-0-1-2-1 = 10
On the loosing side, Juniors Sydney Wagner had a great game with 8 blocks, as did Julia Bianco with 8 steals and an overtime goal; to repeat, Mataafa had 6 goals, her final tally in OT2 put her team up 9-8, setting the stage for Roosevelt’s heroics.
Game 5, Consolation, Hawaii Prep 7-2 over Waialua
Hawaii Preparatory Academy from the Big Island jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and a 7-0 lead before Waialua avoided the shutout behind goals from Senior Co-Capt Gabriella Delgado and Junior Megan McHale. Leading scorers from Hawaii Prep were Senior Co-Capt Elizabeth Jim, Junior Janelle Laros and Sophomore Kira Parker with 2 goals each. Jordyn Bjur had a big game in goal for the Bulldogs with 9 blocks.
- HPA 3-2-1-1 = 7
- Waialua 0-0-0-2 = 2