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Posted on: Wednesday, February 2, 2005

'Aiea girls advance to OIA title match

 •  Basketball: University upsets Saint Louis in 2 OTs
 •  Softball: Kaimuki moves on in playoffs

By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

HAWAI'I KAI — Tobi Kanehira scored on a left-footed goal from about 15 yards in sudden-death overtime last night, lifting 'Aiea to a 2-1 victory over Pearl City in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association girls semifinals at Kaiser Stadium.

Pearl City's Joanna Oliveros, foreground, heads the ball away from 'Aiea's Tobi Kanehira. Kanehira scored the game-winner in overtime.

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Na Ali'i (11-1-1) will play Mililani, which beat Moanalua in the other semifinal, for the championship at 4 p.m. Saturday at 'Aiea Stadium.

Pearl City (10-1-1) will play the loser of that game for third place at 5:15 p.m. Friday at its own Bino Neves Stadium.

All four teams already have qualified for the state tournament, which will be held Feb. 16 to 19 at Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Complex.

Kanehira's goal, in which she dribbled around two defenders on the left flank before shooting, came in the sixth minute of overtime after the score was tied following 80 minutes of regulation play.

"They were trying to double us, so I just touched it wide," said Kanehira, whose strong foot is her right. "(The goalkeeper) came up on the near post so I aimed for the other corner. I was just hoping my left foot would come through."

It did, helping Na Ali'i avenge their only loss, a 3-0 defeat to the Chargers during the regular season. Pearl City also took a 1-0 lead last night on Lauren Maeshiro's goal in the 20th minute.

"We were a little scared, because this is the team that gave us our only loss," Kanehira said. "But we couldn't let them take us out of our game. It was still early, so we still had time."

'Aiea tied it in the 51st minute on Kanehira's punch shot from the back post off a cross from Ambree Ako, who had worked the ball to the goal line near the right corner of the penalty box.

"I was just hoping the defender was behind me, because then it was just me and the goalie," Kanehira said.

Kanehira, a senior, and Ako, a junior, have scored a combined 27 goals in the regular and post-season.

"They're good players and they play well together," Chargers co-coach Frank Baumholtz said. "We also had three defenders hurt, so we had to move a forward to defender."

The teams traded four shots each in the next 29 minutes of regulation but neither could convert.

"I knew we had a chance to win because our team can score," said Gordon Matsuoka, in his 15th season as Na Ali'i's coach. "I was a little concerned because we don't have much depth. But even though this probably isn't the best team I've had, they play tough and with heart. If we play like that, I think we can compete with anybody."

MILILANI 1, MOANALUA 0: Sarah Yoro scored on a straight punch shot from point-blank range in the 18th minute and goalkepper Ashley Nakamoto made six second-half saves, including a penalty kick, to lead the Trojans (10-0-2) into Saturday's championship game.

In the 58th minute, the Menehunes (7-1-4) were awarded a penalty kick after one of their players was tackled in the box. But Nakamoto dived to her right to snuff the line shot.

Less than two minutes later, Moanalua was awarded another free kick from about 20 yards on the left side, but the attempt sailed just over the crossbar. And in the 69th minute, the Menehunes' Ayasha Abut sent a 40-yard free kick rope that curled just around the back post.

Reach Wes Nakama at wnakama@honoluluadvertiser.com or 535-2456.


Iolani wins title as Kamehameha is upset

Thanks to a huge assist from Saint Louis, the Iolani boys soccer team captured the Interscholastic League of Honolulu championship yesterday.

Raymond Machi scored two goals as the host Raiders defeated Punahou, 4-3, to finish 10-0-4 and earn the ILH's top seed in next week's state tournament. Iolani finished with 34 points (3 points for a win, 1 for a tie).

Tory Hanashiro scored two goals for the Buffanblu (9-3-2), who would have earned a state berth and — as it turns out — the ILH title with a victory.

That's because the Crusaders upset Kamehameha, 2-1, behind Zach Santos' two goals. The Warriors, who were tied for the league lead with Iolani at 31 points starting the day, finished 10-3-1. They will be the ILH's second representative in the state tournament. Saint Louis wound up 4-8-2.

Also, Hawai'i Baptist (2-11-1) defeated Damien (0-14), 3-1.