Boys soccer stays half step ahead of Bears

Tie, 1-1, in second-round match-up


Photo by Kainoa Deguilmo

Keola Paredes makes a sliding save in the Warriors’ second-round match against the Baldwin Bears, Tuesday, January 13, at War Memorial Stadium. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, keeping the Warriors in the lead by the slimmest of margins in the Maui Interscholastic League.

By Kainoa Deguilmo, Sports Writer

The Warriors tied Baldwin, 1-1, at War Memorial Stadium last night, January 13.

“We could not put away this game,” Warriors goalkeep Keola Paredes said. “We didn’t put them away early, and it bit us in the second half.”

Both teams played aggressively and both teams were not allowing many goals. Senior Micah Alo scored the first point of the game for the Warriors in the first half, and Baldwin’s Kapono Ho’opi’i scored in the second half.

“In the first half, we looked timid,” said Kane Palazzotto, Baldwin head coach, “but in the second half, I told them to play like how they trained and they all battled.”

“During the second half, we had high pressure on them, and we organized it. This game, defense pressured defense, and we did a good job of keeping the ball,” Coach Palazzotto said.

The Bears lost in the first round against the Warriors.

“Possession, that’s what we teach them,” Palazzotto said.

After Baldwin’s point, the Warriors held the Bears until the final whistle, resulting in a tie.

“Keola [Paredes], he’s a good [goal] keeper,”said Jo Nekaifes, Warriors assistant coach.s “He’s mind strong, sees the field well, and his reaction is on point.”

The tie leaves Kamehameha clinging to a thin lead. The Warriors are 4-0-2, and the Bears are 4-1-1.

“I feel we could’ve had a chance to put the game away,” Coach Nekaifes said. “There’s little things we can work on. We just have to keep our work ethic up, there’s always room for improvement.”