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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, March 9, 2004

OIA West Girls: Yoro put fear in opposing teams

By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer

Mililani forward Sarah Yoro is one of three Trojans selected to the OIA West girls soccer first team.

Deborah Booker • The Honolulu Advertiser

Mililani junior forward Sarah Yoro didn't need the eye black she wore for every game to intimidate opponents.

Her statistics were scary enough.

Yoro, the OIA Western Division Player of the Year, scored 13 goals this season for the Trojans, and forced teams to double-team her defensively, opening up opportunities for the rest of her teammates.

Yoro is joined on the first team by Mililani midfielder Nicole Harris and defender Erin Kikumoto.

'Aiea, which went undefeated (10-0) in the regular season for the first time, had the most selections to the first team with six.

Selected were forward Ambree Ako, midfielders Jodie Toyama and Tobi Kanehira, and defenders Tehane Higa and Stephanie Sumida, and goalkeeper Nicole Takemoto, who anchored a defense that allowed two goals in 10 games.

Ako's 12 goals were third in the OIA West, and Kanehira, a transfer from Roosevelt, scored nine.

Also selected to the first team were Wai'anae forward Taz're Wentling, who led all OIA scorers with 15 goals, and Kapolei midfielder Sheri-Lynn Tateyama and defender Leandra Alejado.

Ako, Harris and Toyama were repeat first-team selections.

Mililani coach Ray Akiona earned Coach of the Year honors in his first year as the varsity head coach.