Govs' Aranaydo an offensive threat
By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Leila Wai
Farrington girls soccer player Tahnee Aranaydo coupled speedy play with a toughness that always made her dangerous.
"She was an excellent player, with good ball skills and speed," Waialua coach Charlyn Sales said.
The senior forward was named the O'ahu Interscholastic Association White Player of the Year in a vote by league coaches.
"Her presence was such a force it changed the way a lot of teams played against us," Farrington coach Dave Chattergy said. "She always had a man mark and drew attention."
Aranaydo, one of the few Govs who had prior soccer experience, scored 11 of her team's 19 goals to lead the Govs to a runner-up finish in the OIA White East.
"We used to tell the girls not to stab, because she could turn you around," Sales added.
Aranaydo is joined on the first-team by fellow forwards Ashley Carillo of Waialua, who scored 13 goals, and Monica Umeda of Kaimuki, who scored 14 goals.
The first-team midfielders are Waialua's Jessica Temblor, who scored 13 goals, Roosevelt's Rachel Domingo and Jenna Uyehara, who notched nine and five goals respectively, and Campbell's Christiana Alcosiba, who scored 11 goals.
Roosevelt's Karmen Ferreira, Waipahu's Toni marie Gonzales, Campbell's Emily Ragasa and Waialua's Miki'ala Leslie are the first-team defenders.
Roosevelt's Joy Nakahara, whose defense allowed one goal all season, was the first-team goalkeeper.
Domingo, Uyehara, Ferriera, Nakahara, Carillo are repeat first-team selections.
Sales was named the OIA White Coach of the Year after leading Waialua to a first-place finish in the White West division.
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