Kalani’s Ma­tro: Tak­ing The Lead On Soc­cer Field, In Life

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tastic work ethic, and she has a fan­tas­tic fam­ily that is su­per sup­port­ive of ev­ery­thing she does. She’s def­i­nitely a leader and a team cap­tain.”

Ma­tro was one of the key com­po­nents in Kalani’s play­off run last sea­son, which saw the Fal­cons fin­ish 15-3-1 en route to a third-place fin­ish at the Di­vi­sion I state soc­cer cham­pi­onships. She com- mit­ted to at­tend Seat­tle Pa­cific Uni­ver­sity next fall, free­ing her to play her se­nior year out at Kalani with­out the un­cer­tainty of where she’ll play next year.

“That helps a lot,” she ad­mit­ted. “It’s a big re­lief to know I am set.” Ma­tro re­cently took some time away from the prac­tice field to an­swer some ques­tions for gram? I think hav­ing all my friends on the team. They give their all, and they have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude. There’s no drama. We’re all pretty good with each other.

What ar­eas of your game are you fo­cus­ing on dur­ing the off-sea­son and in your own t ime? I worked in the off-sea­son on my strength and con­di­tion­ing. I worked with coach Steve Lee on my up­per body and leg strength and ran sprints — the over­all pack­age of strength and con­di­tion­ing. Men­tally, I worked at step­ping up to be more of a leader.

Who’s had the big gest im­pact on you in your life? I think my mom (Jill) be­cause she’s al­ways there for me. When­ever I have ques­tions or a prob­lem, she won’t judge me. She al­ways wants the best for me.

What In­ter­net site do you fre­quent the most? Ac­tu­ally, I haven’t been on Face­book in awhile, but I would say Face­book or my e-mail.

What is your least fa­vorite house­hold chore? I would say prob­a­bly clean­ing the liv­ing room. There are a lot of things that aren’t mine that I have to put away.

What movie could watch over and over?

It’s funny, and there is a lot of ac­tion and good ac­tors in it.

Who is your most com­petit ive team­mate at Kalani’s prac­tices? Tam­brie (Awai). We’ve both been on var­sity since our fresh­man year, and we both play for Leahi Soc­cer Club. We’re both com­pet­i­tive, and we have the same goals. She’s a strong player who puts a lot of heart into the game.


What’s in your iPod? A lot of di f f er­ent mu­sic — Hawai­ian, hip-hop, R&B, jazz, Chris­tian, reg­gae and clas­si­cal — ev­ery­thing, re­ally.

Do you play video games? No. I like the Wii (sys­tem), but I don’t have one. I only play it at my aunt’s or at a friend’s house. I don’t spend a lot of time play­ing them.

How many text mes­sages do you send/re­ceive a day? Let’s go with 200.

If you could have your pick, what celebrity would you choose as your prom dat e? ( Ac­tor) Chan­ning Ta­tum.

You’re stuck on the is­land of Ka­hoolawe. You can have an end­less sup­ply of one food. What would it be? Teriyaki chicken.

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