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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Kikumoto solidified Mililani's defense

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By Leila wai
Advertiser Staff Writer




After Mililani senior defender Erin Kikumoto transferred from Punahou two years ago, the Trojans allowed five goals in the past two regular seasons.

"No one scored against us, so that's a tribute to our defense and our goalkeeper," Mililani coach Ray Akiona said. "(Kikumoto) was an important part of it because she kept our defense organized."

Kikumoto was named O'ahu Interscholastic Association West Player of the Year for anchoring a defense that allowed a league-low one goal in 10 games this season — on a direct kick by Pearl City.

"There are some really good teams out there, and to be able to contain them on the field without getting the goalkeeper too involved is a tribute to her as well," Akiona said. "She can read the field and she's able to provide the support in areas that may break down. She has excellent speed as well, so she recovers really quickly."

The top three teams in the West — Pearl City, Mililani and 'Aiea — dominated the first team.

Joining Kikumoto are forward Sarah Yoro, midfielder Natalie Wong and goalkeeper Ashley Nakamoto.

'Aiea also placed four on the first team: forward Tobi Kanehira, who scored 11 goals, midfielders Amanda Jungblut and Kelli-Ann Chang, and defender Tehane Higa.

Pearl City placed forward Chelsea Arakawa, who shared the OIA regular-season scoring title of 15 goals with Yoro; midfielder Chimene Sienkiewicz, who scored the lone goal against Mililani, and defender Joanna Oliveros.

Leilehua defender Janell Markle was also selected.

Yoro, Kanehira, Higa and Kikumoto are repeat selections from last season.

Pearl City co-head coaches Frank Baumholtz III and Tracee Kono were named Coaches of the Year, after leading the Chargers to their second division title in three years.

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