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Posted on: Tuesday, February 6, 2001

'Iolani, Punahou soccer boys play to 0-0 final

High school standings

Advertiser Staff

Iolani and Punahou boys soccer teams played to a scoreless tie yesterday for the second time this season in an Interscholastic League of Honolulu battle for first place at Punahou.

Iolani retained undisputed hold of first place with one game left in the regular season. The Raiders have 8 wins, 0 losses and 3 ties for 27 championship points (3 per victory, 1 per tie). Punahou remains mathematically in contention to tie with a 7-1-3 record and 24 points.

In final regular-season games tomorrow, Iolani plays third-place Kamehameha at Kapiolani Park field 1 and Punahou visits fourth-place St. Louis, both at 4:15 p.m.

If Iolani ties or defeats Kamehameha, it wins the ILH. Should Iolani lose and Punahou win, they will play off for the championship on Thursday.

The champion earns a seeded berth in next week’s state tournament and the runner-up will travel to Pukalani, Maui, on Saturday to play Maui league runner-up King Kekaulike for the last state berth.

Punahou’s Charles Rania got one-on-one with Iolani goalkeeper Brent Tatsuno in the first half yesterday and got off a 12-yard, left-footed shot, but Tatsuno made a diving, one-handed save.

Sophomore goalkeeper David Semenza and sweeper Sean Akamine were outstanding for Punahou, assistant coach Ric Miller said.

Iolani got some scoring chances off development in the latter part of the game, when Punahou overloaded its offense, trying for a victory that would have gained the Buffanblu a tie for first place.

"It was a typical Punahou-Iolani game," Iolani coach Myles Arakawa said, "very physical and intense. But we lost the mental battle today. We didn’t stick to our game plan."

Arakawa said Iolani would put "all our apples" in tomorrow’s game with Kamehameha. "The championship is ours to lose," he said.

In other games yesterday, Kamehameha blitzed Mid-Pacific, 3-0, and St. Louis edged Damien, 2-1.

Matthew Beimes, Nathan Silva and Kekoa Smith scored for Kamehameha; Haaheo Bento and Joseph Revilla for St. Louis, and Dylan Yamashita for Damien.

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