Iolani and Kamehameha battled to a scoreless tie yesterday, allowing Punahous girls to surge into undisputed first place in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.
Punahou rested some of its nicked-up players during a 5-0 victory over winless St. Francis as the Buffanblu improved to 4 wins, 0 losses and 1 tie for 13 championship points (3 per victory and 1 per tie).
Iolani, which previously shared first place with Punahou, fell back to 3-0-2 and 11 points while defending champion Kamehameha dropped to 2-0-3 and nine points.
First place will be at stake as the ILH season reaches the halfway point Tuesday when Punahou visits Iolani at 4:15 p.m.
Kamehameha had two good chances to score late in the game yesterday at Iolani, but one shot went over the goal and one sailed wide. Iolani had close shots earlier, but "they went wide or the keeper picked them up," Iolani coach Sandy Shimogaki said.
"It was back and forth. Both teams had their chances, but nobody capitalized," she said.
The scoreless game "shows the parity in the league," Kamehameha coach Michelle Nagamine said. "The games are close; everybody is in the same boat."
Punahou, Iolani and Kamehameha have each allowed just one goal in their first five games.
Pac-Five 3, Mid-Pacific 0. Goal scorers: P5-Jessica Choy, Ashley Freitas, Jenny Handley.
Punahou 5, St. Francis 0. Goal scorers: Trichia Usagawa, Reiko Bryant, Adria Campbell, Lindsay Yuh, Pippa Mcdonald.
Iolani 0, Kamehameha 0
OIA East Girls
Kahuku closes in: Kahukus girls decisively eliminated one of their main challengers and drew closer to their first Oahu Interscholastic Association Eastern Division championship yesterday.
Kahuku (7-0) blitzed previously unbeaten Kaiser, 5-1, at Kaiser, with division scoring leader Natasha Kai scoring two goals to give her 14 for the season.
Only Kailua, which leapfrogged Kaiser into second place yesterday with a 1-0 victory over Moanalua, has a mathematical chance of catching Kahuku.
Kahukus seven victories are worth three championship points each for a total of 21. Kailua (5-1-1) has 16 and Kaiser (4-1-2) has 14. Each has two games remaining before the 12-team OIA Tournament starts Jan. 24.
Before yesterdays Kahuku blitz, Kaiser had allowed one goal in six games. Kahuku increased its total to 40 goals, which more than doubles any other OIA East team. Kahuku outshot the Cougars 19-11.
Kahuku 5, Kaiser 1. Goal scorers: Kahu-Natasha Kai 2, Makamae Rezantes 1, Krisha Kai 1, Marisha Huddy 1. Kais-Allison Lee.
Kailua 1, Moanalua 0. Goal scorer: Sarah Takekawa.
Kalaheo 6, Kaimuki 0. Goal scorers: Rachel Cordery, Season Emmsley, Breton Frazer, Lindsey Peck, Aulani Wong, own goal
Castle 0, Roosevelt 0
Kailua 2, Moanalua 0
Kalaheo 3, Kaimuki 0
OIA East Boys
Jumble: Kalaheo jumped over two teams into undisputed first place, but eight of the 11 teams are within reach of the OIA Eastern Division boys championship after yesterdays games.
Troy Sakuragi scored at 76 minutes, 28 seconds of the 80-minute game to give Kaiser a 2-1 home-field victory over Kahuku that knocked the Red Raiders out of first place.
Kalaheo took over the lead with a 2-0 victory at Kaimuki.
Kalaheo (5-1-1) has 16 points (3 per victory, one for a tie). Three teams share second place with 14 points: Kahuku (4-2-2), Kailua (4-1-2) and Kalani (4-1-2).
Two other teams have 13 points, one victory out of first place: Castle (4-2-1) and Kaiser (4-2-1).
And still in contention with 11 points are Moanalua (3-2-2) and Roosevelt (3-3-2).
Each team plays 10 games.
After its all sorted out when the East season ends Jan. 18, the first six teams advance to the OIA Championship Tournament Jan. 26 to Feb. 3.
Kaiser 2, Kahuku 1. Goal scorers: Kais-Brandon Self, Troy Sakuragi. Kahu-Stylz Norton.
Moanalua 1, Kailua 1. Goal scorers: Moan-Brandon Pohl. Kail-DJ Coles.
Kalaheo 2, Kaimuki 0. Goal scorers: Brandon Lee, Nathan Amous.
Castle 2, Roosevelt 0. Goal scorers: Charlie Chiswick, Nolan Miranda.
Kalani 8, Farrington 0. Goal scorers: Kalan-Sebastian Schaeffer 3, Daniel Dabbs 1, Richard Dabbs 1, Gavin Fujitani 1, Brandon Green 1, Joshua Smith 1.
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