Trojans play big in win, 3-0
• Photo gallery: State soccer: Mililani vs. Baldwin
By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer
Tiny Mililani senior forward Mari Miyashiro scored on a couple of heads-up plays for the Trojans.
Miyashiro scored twice in four minutes spanning halftime to lift the Trojans to a 3-0 win over Baldwin in one semifinal game of the HHSAA/JN Automotive Group Girls Division I Soccer State tournament last night at the Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Stadium.
"I felt pretty good, because I rarely get to score with my head," said Miyashiro, who stands 5 feet, 1 inches "if I'm stretching."
"Being the short player that I am, I feel very accomplished that I got two headers in," she said.
Second-seeded Mililani (17-0-0) plays top-seeded Punahou (12-1-1) tonight in the Division I championship game at 7 p.m.
Miyashiro soared to score on a header off a corner kick by junior midfielder Taylor Oldani with about two minutes remaining in the first half.
"That first goal I had, I think it really boosted our confidence more," Miyashiro said. "We had time to calm down and play our game after that. Before, it was kind of hectic and we were just kicking the ball, so after we got the first goal, we settled down."
Mililani also had a trio of near chances in the first half, including a wide-open shot that missed high by sophomore midfielder Jennifer Kim, another by Miyashiro that skimmed off the crossbar, and one by freshman forward T.J. Reyno on a one-and-one that she shot right at the goalkeeper.
The Bears, the No. 3 seed and Maui Interscholastic League champions, took four first-half shots on goal, most from the outside. Baldwin finished with 11 shots, to Mililani's 14.
"Tonight, again, we started slow, and (Mililani) had a few good chances right away," Baldwin (14-1-1) coach Kawika Keator said. "We started to pick it up, and halftime we were down, and we thought we still had a shot, but they scored right off the bat and that kind of brought them down."
Miyashiro scored on another header, this time off a cross from senior midfielder Sasha Moscatello that deflected off a Bears defender before continuing on its path to the far left post, two minutes into the second half.
"The first part of the game we had opportunities that we should have put in, so we were happy, in the first half, to stay with it and stay focused," Mililani coach Ray Akiona said. "Even though you get discouraged, you have to stay focused, because it's going to come."
Mililani sophomore midfielder Lauren Uehara chased down a long ball and dribbled down to the top of the 18-yard box, where she cracked a shot under the goalkeeper and into the goal in the 59th minute.