Lee's goal in OT gives Raiders a shot at repeat
• Photo gallery: Kamehameha vs. Iolani boys' soccer
By Kyle Sakamoto
Advertiser Staff Writer
WAIPAHU — 'Iolani boys soccer coach Chris Lee didn't recall sophomore forward Jordan Lee getting off many shots last night against Kamehameha.
But the coach likely will always remember the one Jordan Lee took at the end.
Jordan Lee scored in overtime as 'Iolani beat Kamehameha, 2-1, in the semifinals of the JN Automotive Group/Hawai'i High School Athletic Association Division I State Championships at Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Stadium.
"It was a huge shot," Chris Lee said. "I don't even know if he had any other shots tonight, but it was a big one."
'Iolani junior Shudhi Datta controlled the ball on the right side and sent a pass along the top edge of the penalty box to an open Jordan Lee, who fired a shot into the top left corner of the goal to end it. The time of the goal was the 89th minute.
"I was just staying in the middle and waiting for an opportunity," Jordan Lee said. "I happened to get the ball, touched it past the defender, just shot it and it happened to go in."
'Iolani (10-2-2) actually was running out of time on the play. There was about 30 seconds left in the first 10-minute sudden-death overtime when Jordan Lee scored.
'Iolani, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's runner-up, will play league rival and No. 1 seed Punahou for the title tonight at 7.
The Raiders, with only five seniors on their roster, are the defending state champions.
"We all work together, we talk to each other, take constructive criticism," said 'Iolani's Nick Goo, who scored in the 23rd minute. "It's a young team, and to a lot of starters it's a new experience."
Goo, a senior forward, scored on a great individual effort. He chased down a long lead pass, settled the ball on the right side of the penalty box, dribbled around a couple of Kamehameha defenders and drilled a shot into the lower left corner of the goal.
"I ended up with a breakaway and the ball kind of slipped out from my feet," Goo said. "I was lucky to be able to get my touch and shoot it to the back of the net."
Kamehameha senior midfield Michael Maertens tied it at 1-1 in the 61st minute on a 35-yard blast. Maertens settled the ball in the middle of the field and shot the ball just above the outstretched arm of the Raiders goal keeper.
"We were looking for a shot like that, but nobody was taking it," Kamehameha coach Andrew Ah New said. "He just came off the bench, got the ball right there and he took it. It was a long shot, but it surprised the keeper."
Kamehameha, the ILH's No. 3 team, dropped to 8-6-1 and will play for third today against Kealakehe.
Moanalua 2 , Kapolei 1 (PKs, 4-2). Goal scorers—Moan: Ethan Chong (36th minute). Kapo: Allen Ramelb (62). PKs—Moan: Alex Colby, Ethan Chang, Brett Rex, Nathan Gima. Kapo: Kainoa Ke-a, Eric Morales.
Mililani 2, Baldwin: 1. Goal scorers—Mili: Ryan Akiu (21), Jake Sagami (60). Bald: Colten Kozaki.
Jacob Villeza scored for the Hilo Vikings in their first-round game against Kamehameha. Villeza's name was misspelled in Thursday's Advertiser.