Girls soccer kicks off season with victory

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Photo by Jaylin Kekiwi

Kalia Tamashiro winds up for the kick during the game against St. Anthony November 29. The Warriors won with a score of 9-0.

By Jaylin Kekiwi, sports writer

PUKALANI-The girls soccer team began the official season with a bang, defeating the St. Anthony Trojans 9-0 during their chilly evening game on November 29 at Kana’iaupuni Stadium. The girls had the sparse crowd of soccer fans excited and cheering for majority of the game.

“I feel good about the game,” freshman Quinn Williams said. “I thought we played really well, and it showed in the score.”

For most of the first half, the game was played on the opponent’s side of the field. After the Warriors made several attempts to score first, junior Marley Duncan was the one who got the ball in the back of the net within the first fifteen minutes of the game.

Things really took off after that. The half ended with the Warriors ahead 4-0, with junior Mahina Bantilan and senior Jaelyn Takiguchi and Kaylee Correa each scoring.

Correa was key. She “kept the team together…and worked the middle [of the field]” Head Coach Steven Mau said.

Also in this half, Moana Astronamo got a yellow card.

Correa snagged another goal in the first five minutes of the second half, which opened the gateway for four more, made by Bantilan, sophomore Noelani Reyes, and two from freshman Quinn Williams.

“I’m satisfied with the play,” Coach Mau said. “The girls met my expectations.”

As well as the girls played, there is always room for improvement, according to Coach Mau. “There’s still a lot to work on, but at least we have a whole season to do it.”

See if the girls can keep up their winning streak when they play the Maui High Sabers, Saturday, December 1, at the Maui High School field. The game starts at 4:00 p.m.