Mid-Pacific wins Division II title
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By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Leila Wai
In an "ouch" instead of "hooray" moment, Marc Obundo couldn't even celebrate his game-winning penalty kick as the Mid-Pacific boys soccer team won the state tournament.
Obundo's kick gave the Owls a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks for a 1-0 win over Kapa'a in the first year of the JN Automotive Group/HHSAA Boys Division II State Soccer Championships last night at the Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Stadium.
"I was actually in pain, because I cramped up," said Obundo, a junior. "It's amazing. I've dreamed about this."
Mid-Pacific (8-6-1), the second seed and Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division II representative, navigated a tough ILH schedule that paid off in the state tournament.
"It feels great," senior defender Brandt Kuioka said. "We worked hard all season. (In the ILH) every game was tough. I can't tell you how much that prepared us."
Mid-Pacific junior midfielder Jared Domingo, Kuioka, sophomore forward Cody Sullivan and Obundo made their penalty kicks, and goalkeeper Adam Bailey made one stop.
"This is the culmination of a lot of things," Mid-Pacific coach Marc Miranda said. "Our goal in the beginning of the season was to be here."
Kapa'a junior midfielder Ikaika Fuerte and freshman midfielder Taylor Langstaff made their penalty kicks. Another Kapa'a player missed his kick, and the Warriors didn't take their final kick.
"I thought it would be close, like a 1-0 game, but things happen," Kapa'a senior midfielder Chance Bukoski said. "Unfortunately, it didn't go our way."
Miranda said the season was more of a "marathon, not a sprint," and last night's championship game — scoreless through 80 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods — was yet another example of that.
The play was contained in the middle of the field for most of the game, but each team had its chances.
The Owls threatened on a throw-in by senior forward Gabriel Fernandez that was mishandled by goalkeeper Parker Blaylock and almost bounced into the goal, but a Kapa'a defender cleared it from the goalline in the eighth minute.
Kapa'a's Fuerte created a chance in the 28th minute when he dribbled down the right sideline and crossed it to the backdoor for Bukoski, whose header just missed.
A long pass into the 18-yard box from Kapa'a senior defender Adam Kerlin to junior midfielder Tyler Cram missed wide left with three minutes left in the first half.
A shot by Bukoski from just outside the 6-yard box hit the left post and bounced out in the 57th minute.
Minutes later, Bukoski was in on another chance when his through ball up the right side found Cram, whose shot just missed.
With just seconds left in regulation, the Owls' Obundo was open in front of the goal, but his shot sailed high.
"We don't usually win by a lot of goals," Miranda said. "Usually we put one in and make it stick."
Honoka'a 3, Kamehameha-Hawai'i 2: Preston Vierra scored in the seventh and 53rd minutes, and Eric Matsumura in the 80th to lead the Dragons. Kamaka Tauati (45th minute) and junior midfielder Jordan Lerma (56th) scored for the Warriors.
Seabury Hall 4, Kaua'i 3: Jacob Sandoval (38th minute), Kevin Blunt (68th), Connor Snow (70th) and Darren Fryer (80th) scored for the Spartans. Shawn Lovell (6th minute), Josiah Motosue (46th) and Kelsey Gaetjens (76th) scored for the Red Raiders.
Christian Liberty 1, Kailua 1: James Crowell scored for the Surfriders in the 43rd minute and the Canefire's Isaac Grotenhuis tied the game in the 63rd minute.
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