Kailua boys beat McKinley for first OIA soccer title
By Kyle Sakamoto
Advertiser Staff Writer
Kailua won its first O'ahu Interscholastic Association boys soccer title last night with a first-year head coach and a couple of first-half goals.
Brandon Taoy and Trey Tam scored five minutes apart in the first half as Kailua beat McKinley, 2-0, in the OIA White Conference final at Kapolei.
Kailua, the East runner-up, broke through after falling short in last year's OIA White final.
"It feels great. We made it to the championship game last year; we took second," Tam said. "It feels really good to win this as a senior."
The first OIA White Conference (Division II) tournament was held in 2008.
Kailua (10-3) scored in the 30th minute off an indirect free kick by Taoy from 19 yards away. Patrick Wolfe set the ball and Taoy blasted a low shot through the McKinley wall and into the lower left corner of the goal.
"We started with the pass to hopefully break up the wall, which happened," Taoy said. "I kicked it right down the middle of the wall. (The pass) gave me an opening right to the goal."
He added: "The last wall guy broke out (to the side) and the ball went in."
The indirect free kick was set up when Kailua's Chad Kurahara was knocked down while trying to control a high bouncing ball just outside the penalty box.
The Surfriders made it 2-0 in the 35th minute on a perfectly placed 30-yard shot by Tam. His high shot from the right side looked pretty innocent when it left his foot, but the ball sailed over the McKinley goal keeper's outstretched arms and just under the cross bar.
"I kind of mis-kicked it. I was lucky it went in. But it's a goal, right?" said Tam, who added he wanted to kick the ball more on a line.
Kailua coach Steve Dignam wasn't sure what he had when he took over, but found out right away he had inherited something good.
"When I got hired at the beginning of the season I was skeptical as to what these guys were going to bring out to the field," Dignam said. "But after the first couple of practices I realized there were some extremely talented players on this team."
McKinley (8-3-1), the East champion, had very few offensive chances against Kailua.
"We just couldn't get anything going today," said McKinley coach John Mai. "The last time we played them we put up two goals. This time we couldn't get anything going. I don't know if it was jitters under the big lights, big stage."
McKinley and Kailua will represent the OIA in the JN Automotive Group Division II State Championships, Feb. 10 to 13 at Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Park.