Waipahu Se­nior Soc­cer Player Re­flects On Her Suc­cess­ful Prep Ca­reer

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - West Oahu Sports - By JACK DANILEWICZ

Iden­ti­fy­ing the sig­na­ture mo­ment of her soc­cer ca­reer at Waipahu isn’t hard for se­nior Kate­lyn Onaga. In­deed, that mo­ment also rep­re­sented the high-wa­ter mark for the pro­gram two years ago when Waipahu won the OIA Di­vi­sion II ti­tle, the first ever for Ma­raud­ers girls soc­cer.

“I was so happy and so proud that we were able to make his­tory,” said Onaga. “We were able to send off (goal­keeper) Kimi (Ka­ni­au­pio) with a great sea­son, and she re­ally de­served it.”

Fast for­ward to the present, and it’s Onaga who is at­tempt­ing to close out her prep ca­reer the right way. The team re­turns to ac­tion at 7 p.m. Fri­day at Mililani for a key OIA West matchup. Onaga re­cently took some time away from the prac­tice field and her stud­ies to visit with Mid­Week’sWest Oahu Is­lan­der.

What is your ear­li­est soc­cer-re­lated mem­ory? When I was about 6 and go­ing up against a girl twice my size. I got the air knocked out of me. I was on the ground, freaking out, and my dad ( Brian), who was my coach, said to calm down, ‘You have to go back in the game soon.’

Who’s had the big­gest im­pact on your life? My sis­ter Shan­non be­cause by be­ing all she could be, the ex­am­ple she set for me was high. She played soc­cer, too, and she was pres­i­dent of the Honor So­ci­ety.

What area of your game did you fo­cus on dur­ing the off-sea­son? My de­fense. And I tried to fo­cus on my speed so I could chase ev­ery­one down; also, try­ing to an­tic­i­pate what’s go­ing to hap­pen next.

What’s the most im­por­tant thing you’ve learned through soc­cer? De­ter­mi­na­tion and never giv­ing up. As long as you try your best, you’ll al­ways be suc­cess­ful in the end.

Who is Waipahu’s best “prac­tice player” — the girl who puts out the best ef­fort? The girl I feel is a freak about soc­cer would be Elisha Paulino, who is one of our de­fend­ers. She’s al­ways talk­ing about the UH team and how she wants to be like them. She ad­mires them so much.

What In­ter­net site do you fre­quent the most? It’s be­tween Face­book and In­sta­gram.

What is your least fa­vorite house­hold chore? Wash­ing the dishes. I don't like that, but I do like to cook.

What movie could you watch over and over? De­spi­ca­ble Me 2.

Name three of your fa­vorite mu­si­cal artists. No. 1 would be Bruno Mars. Af­ter that, it gets harder to choose. I lis­ten to the ra­dio.

When you have free time, how do you like to spend it? I like to cook and bake and go on the com­puter to go to Face­book.

You’re stuck on Ka­hoolawe and can have an end­less sup­ply of just one food. What would it be? I love gy­oza.

If you could have your pick, what celebrity would you most like to meet? ( Soc­cer player) Mia Hamm, and Se­lena Gomez, too.

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