'Iolani girls earn state tourney spot
• Photo gallery: Iolani vs. Kamehameha girls soccer
By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer
The 'Iolani girls soccer team is back in the state tournament.
After a 10-year hiatus, the Raiders clinched a postseason berth with a 1-1 tie against host Kamehameha yesterday in an Interscholastic League of Honolulu game.
"Kind of surreal," 'Iolani coach Kristin Masunaga said. "We knew they could do it but it was getting them to believe."
Masunaga and assistants Jamie Shoma and Jodie Tanga were a part of the last 'Iolani team to qualify for the state tournament, which they won, in 1999.
"We joke with them, because we always talk about our team and I think they got sick about hearing about it," Masunaga said. "So it's good, because now we can talk about them. I think it's better as a coach. It's more nerve-racking."
Punahou, which completed its season last Friday, was already assured a spot in the state tournament with a 10-1-1 record. With 'Iolani's tie, the Buffanblu claimed the ILH title.
'Iolani (9-1-2) needed at least tie to receive a spot in next week's state tournament; Kamehameha (9-2-1) needed to win.
"They always used to say how awesome it was to go (to states)," Elissa Minamishin, a senior captain, said of her coaches. "Biggest celebration for a tie in my life."
Trailing 1-0 at the half, 'Iolani sophomore forward Sam Dacanay tied it in the 46th minute on a cross from junior forward Malia Brennan from the right endline. Brennan dribbled past several Warriors to create some space, and her ball found Dacanay, who was making a run to the near, right post. She scored with one touch.
"We practiced a lot of times in practice how to crash the goal," Dacanay said. "I just slid near post and it was a lucky shot."
Sophomore midfielder Vanessa Cabilan gave Kamehameha a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. Freshman midfielder Machaela Rapozo crossed the ball from the right side to Cabilan, who was waiting on the far, left side of the 18-yard box, and Cabilan put it in.
"I thought it was a great game, and I think when you play a team like 'Iolani ... they are a big, physical team," Kamehameha coach Michele Nagamine said. "We knew it was going to be a great game, and for our girls, there was so much pressure. I have a feeling they haven't slept for a good week or so."
In a defensive move, the Raiders moved their leading scorer, Minamishin (seven goals), back to defense. They also were "aware" of Kamehameha's two dangerous threats ó Courtney-Rae Botelho and Caprice Dydasco ó after tying the score, Masunaga said.
In a passionate game, 'Iolani received two yellow cards in the first 12 minutes, and one player was red carded for receiving a second yellow in the first half. But 'Iolani played with all 11 players because it was a second yellow. Kamehameha also received a yellow card in the first half, and two in the second.
Rachel Tembroeke and Roseanne Dumlao each scored a goal and Leilehua outshot host Kahuku on penalty kicks to win, 3-2, last night in an first-round game of the O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red Championship Tournament.
The game was tied 2-2 after regulation and two overtime periods.
In other first-round games yesterday, Kaiser beat Campbell, 3-0; Castle beat 'Aiea, 3-1, and Pearl City beat Kalāheo, 1-0, after the game went to penalty kicks.
In today's quarterfinals at Mililani, West No. 3 Pearl City (7-2-4) plays East No. 2 Moanalua (10-2-0) at 5:15 p.m. and East No. 4 Kaiser (7-5-1) plays West No. 1 Mililani (12-0-0) at 7. At Kapolei, East No. 5 Castle (3-9-1) plays East No. 1 Kalani (10-1-1) at 5:15 p.m. and West No. 6 Leilehua (3-9-1) plays West No. 2 Kapolei (7-2-3) at 7.
In OIA White first-round games at Wai'anae, Radford beat McKinley, 4-1, and Kaimukī beat Wai'anae on penalty kicks to earn Division II state tournament berths. Kaimukī and Wai'anae were scoreless after regulation and two overtime periods.
In today's semifinals at Nānākuli, East No. 3 Kaimukī (1-5-5) plays East No. 1 Kailua (10-0-0) at 5:15 p.m. and West No. 3 Radford (5-3-3) plays West No. 1 Nānākuli (9-1-1) at 7.
O'AHU INTERSCHOLASTIC ASSOCIATION
Kaiser 3, Campbell 0
Goal scorersóKais: Tamra Nee, Kianna Akazawa, own goal.
Castle 3, 'Aiea 1
Goal scorersóCas: Macie Akai 2, Jenna Oue. 'Aiea: Natalie Fukuhara.
Pearl City 1, Kalāheo 0, 2 OT (PK 4-2)
Leilehua 3, Kahuku 2, 2 OT (PK)
Goal scorersóLei: Rachel Tenbroeke, Roseanne Dumlao. Kahu: Brieana Mahoni, Amber Abregano.
Radford 4, McKinley 1
Goal scorersóRad: Madison Higley 3, Katelyn Sanders. McK: America Garcia.
Kaimukī 1, Wai'anae 0, 2 OT (PK)
JV Red Tournament
Moanalua 3, Pearl City 2, 2 OT (PK 5-4)
Mililani 3, Kahuku 0
Championship game at 5:15 p.m. today at Wai'anae
JV White Tournament
Kailua 2, Radford 1
Wai'anae 4, Farrington 0
Championship game at 7 p.m. today at Wai'anae