Maui Warrior boys soccer ties with Lunas


Photo by Aaron Veincent

On Senior Night, the Warriors soccer team tied with the Lunas, 0-0.

Kamehameha Maui boys soccer tied, 0-0, with Lahainaluna at Kanaʻiaupuni Stadium on Thursday, Jan. 19, senior night.

With Kamehameha Maui at fourth in the Maui Interscholastic League standings and Lahainaluna right above at third this was going to be a heated game.

The game began with an open sprint by KSM Senior Kealaula Keliikoa with an attempt at a goal. After he missed, Freshman Teva Pimental recovered the ball and tried to score as well. When that shot was blocked, sophomore Cy Ornellas came in for another attempt, but was once again blocked putting the ball in the Luna’s possession.

Almost halfway through the heated game, Senior Paytin Ayau recieved a yellow card .

Senior Paytin Ayau and sophomore Aikala Chappel closely mark a Luna.
Photo by Aaron Veincent
Senior Paytin Ayau and sophomore Aikala Chappel closely mark a Luna.

The first half ended with Lahaina in possession after a hand ball call on senior Quinn Hottendorf, but neither team was able to score by the time the first half ended.

Hottendorf said that for senior night,”It was a bittersweet game… I know we gave it our all and left everything on the field.”

In the second half, the Warriors were in scoring position when Keliikoa got a chance to kick from the corner to Ayau, who attempted to score, but the Luna’s goalkeeper tucked and caught the ball before it managed its way into the goal.

After a few more attempts by both teams, another yellow card, this time given to a Luna, and the game ended, 0-0. This game did not go into overtime because a win for either team would not move them up to first or second in the MIL standings, which determines which teams will advance to the state tournament.

The night ended with the senior Warriors taking their last shots at the goal on their home field and both teams’ seniors being recognized for their season. The Warriors’ coach, Jayson Nakasone, told the boys he was proud of their effort.

Ayau said, “We had every single opportunity that we needed to be the best in the league, but we could not seize them.”