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Posted on: Wednesday, January 31, 2001

It's Pearl City vs. 'Aiea in girls soccer championship

By Kyle Sakamoto
Advertiser Staff Writer

There are no longer any undefeated Oahu Interscholastic Association girls’ soccer teams.

Chante Figueroa scored in double overtime as Pearl City defeated Kahuku, 3-2, in the semifinals of the OIA Championship Tournament yesterday at Mililani.

In the other match, Joelle Sugai scored twice as Aiea defeated Mililani, 2-0.

Pearl City and Aiea will play for the championship at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at Pearl City.

Figueroa, a freshman playing in just her second match, got a deflection off teammate Nicole Johnson after a Kahuku defender tried to clear the ball.

"It came off of the other girl, and if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have got it," Figueroa said. "It came across the goal and I just shot it."

Kahuku’s Natasha Kai scored her first of two goals in the fourth minute on a cross from Jasmine Ladao. Kai tied the match at 2 in the 51st minute.

"Natasha is an outstanding player," said Kahuku coach Randy Myers, whose team fell to 10-1. "I wish she could have scored a third one. She gave everything she had."

Figueroa also scored in the 14th minute and Carmen Calpo scored in the 32nd minute for Pearl City (10-1).

"She (Figueroa) didn’t play during the regular season because of grades, but she came back during the (OIA) playoffs," Pearl City coach Archie Chung said. "She got her grades up and she’s playing now. I’m glad she came back."

Said Myers: "The ball just didn’t bounce our way in the end. I felt we had every opportunity to win as Pearl City did."

Aiea 2, Mililani 0: Joelle Sugai scored at 5:45 and 73:30 as Aiea defeated previously unbeaten Mililani in a girls soccer semifinal at Mililani.

Aiea (10-1-1) advances to Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. final at Pearl City. Mililani (9-1-1) will play Kahuku for third place Friday at 5:15 p.m. at Castle field.

Sugai blasted her first goal, a 35-yarder over the head of goalie Eryn Kishimoto, who was well off her line.

"It (the ball) was in front of me," said Sugai, a senior halfback/forward. "I had a clear shot and I took it."

Mililani’s Mele French had a chance to tie the match on three headers later in the first half, but barely missed each time. The first (12th minute) sailed over the crossbar, the second (16th minute) was wide right and the third (29th minute) was wide left.

"She had several times when she could have headed it in, but she was slightly off," said Mililani coach James Uson.

Sugai’s goal in the second half came from 15 yards out and hit the top left corner of the net.

"It was a throw-in and every time it (the ball) gets flicked off, so I just decided to just hang back in the trash area (in front of goal)," Sugai said. "I knew it would bounce off of someone."

Said Aiea coach Gordon Matsuoka: "Joelle is always a tough player. She’s tracking the ball, she plays hard all game and she makes the plays."


Kailua 2, Kalani 1: Keaka Lee scored two goals to lead Kailua to an overtime victory over Kalani in an OIA consolation semifinal game. Derrick Yonamine scored Kalani’s lone goal.

Castle 2, Radford 0: Daniel Bautista (46:00) and Nolan Miranda (53:00) each scored as Castle shut out Radford in the other consolation semifinal.


Punahou unbeaten: Host Punahou wrapped up an undefeated regular season after playing Iolani to a scoreless tie yesterday. Punahou already has clinched the Interscholastic League of Honolulu title and the league’s only berth in the state tournament next week.

Punahou finished the regular season 10-0-2.

In other ILH games, Pac-Five defeated Kamehameha, 2-0; and Maryknoll and St. Francis played to a 1-1 tie.


Baldwin boys clinch: Baldwin High clinched its third Maui Interscholastic League boys championship in four years last night when Seabury Hall played second-place King Kekaulike to a scoreless tie.

In another game, Lahainaluna (Trejor Bordenave goal) tied Maui (Cody Loui goal).

With two games left, Baldwin has a 7-0-1 record and 22 championship points. King Kekaulike (5-1-3) has one game left and 18 points. Three championship points is the maximum a team can earn with a victory.

Baldwin goes to the state championships as a seeded team. King Kekaulike will play the Interscholastic League of Honolulu runner-up on Maui on Feb. 10 for a state tournament berth.

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