Punahou gave up its first goal of the season, but rallied to tie defending champion Kamehameha 1-1 in an Interscholastic League of Honolulu girls soccer match yesterday at Punahou.
The result left the private-school league standings typically jammed at the top. Punahou and Iolani both have 3 wins, no losses and a tie and 10 championship points (3 per victory and 1 per tie) while Kamehameha (2-0-2) has 8 points.
Iolani gets home-field advantage for key games tomorrow against Kamehameha at 1 p.m. and Tuesday against Punahou at 4:15 p.m. to complete the first round of the ILHs double round-robin season.
Yesterday, Punahou coach Jorge Barbosa said, "They exposed our weaknesses and we exposed theirs. It was like two heavyweights going at each other, counter-punching back and forth, a very entertaining game."
Kamehameha scored first on a breakaway by Keo Eaton about 34 minutes into the first half.
Punahou tied the score 17 minutes into the second half when Reiko Bryant flicked in a header off a corner kick to the near post by Charlene Lui.
"Maybe its good that nobody won," Barbosa said. "You wouldnt have wanted either team to have lost because both played very well."
Barbosa had special praise for his goalkeeper, freshman Allison Lipsher. "She was absolutely unreal," he said, "like an extra sweeper. She was cleaning up everything that came over the top."
Hawai'i Prep girls, Hilo boys win
WAIMEA, Hawaii The defending champions still rule in Big Island Interscholastic Federation soccer.
In matchups of unbeaten teams yesterday, Hawaii Preps Ka Makani girls breezed past Hilo 4-0 while Hilos Viking boys conquered Hawaii Prep 3-1.
Tiana Maple and Jizelle Yates scored in the first three minutes for the HPA girls as they improved to 5-0 and Hilo fell to 5-1.
Rachel Gleed added two scores at the 23rd and 61st minute to wrap up the scoring. Jana Jardine recorded the shutout in goal.
"We were ready to play today," HPA coach Steve Perry said. "I thought we controlled the middle of the field from the start with Jizelle, Tiana and Jaime Wakefield. We have a couple of big games still to come but this was a nice win for us."
In a lightning-like raid on the HPA goal, Hilos boys (8-0) scored two goals within a minute midway through the first half, sending Hawaii Prep (5-1) to its first defeat.
HPAs Kawehi Clarke scored first, five minutes into the game. Hilos Cane Charleston and Brenden Moore scored quick goals to take the lead for the Vikings and the Viking defense controlled things from there. Jaris Kaido scored an insurance goal with one minute to play.
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