Kapolei girls kick off soc­cer sea­son with ‘Hell Week’ train­ing

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - Front Page - By JACK DANILEWICZ

Should Eden Ines and her Kapolei soc­cer team­mates make another post­sea­son run this win­ter, they will likely look back on the first week of prac­tice as hav­ing set the tone for their 2014-15 sea­son.

Known through­out the pro­gram as “Hell Week,” the Hur­ri­canes’ first week of the sea­son in­volves early-morn­ing con­di­tion­ing ses­sions in ad­di­tion to their usual prac­tice in late af­ter­noon.

“I’m not sure what time it was. I only know it was re­ally early,” said Ines, a mid­fielder. “I think we had to be at the school by 5:30 and it was all con­di­tion­ing.

“They had to turn on the sta­dium lights.”

If any­one was up to the task for the Hur­ri­canes, it was Ines, who came into Kapolei’s pre­sea­son camp “in the best shape of any- body on the team,” ac­cord­ing to head coach Brian Beck.

“Hell Week” has be­come a tra­di­tion for the Kapolei Hur­ri­canes, who have qual­i­fied for the State Tour­na­ment in seven of the last eight years.

“We all died to­gether,” Ines said of Hell Week, “but that con­trib­uted to our close­ness, look­ing back at it. Coach re­ally pushes us, but he re­ally cares for us, too. He wanted us to go into our try­outs do­ing the best we could.

“The run­ning is hard, but when we were done, he al­ways pro­vided us with break­fast.”

Ines and her Hur­ri­cane team­mates are hop­ing their hard work again trans­lates into vic­to­ries for next sea­son.

Kapolei is com­ing off a 13-4 sea­son in 2013-14, which in­cluded a berth in Outrig­ger Ho­tels and Re­sorts Di­vi­sion I Soc­cer Cham­pi­onships last Fe­bru­ary.

In ad­di­tion to Ines, Kapolei also re­turns key play­ers from last sea­son in se­niors Kelli Fryx­ell ( mid­fielder), Shandy Ho­peau (de­fender) and Bianca Gonzales ( for­ward).

Else­where through­out the lineup, un­der­class­men will take on key roles.

For her part, Ines is com­ing off of a solid ju­nior sea­son at mid­field. She had spent her first two years on the Kapolei Ju­nior Var­sity be­fore mak­ing the Var­sity’s start­ing lineup last year.

“Last year was a big turn­ing point for me,” said Ines, who also com­petes in soft ten­nis and track and field for Kapolei. “JV was fun, too, but it wasn’t as com­pet­i­tive. Var­sity is a much dif­fer­ent level. When I got to Var­sity, my team­mates were re­ally sup­port­ive, and it made me want to con­trib­ute.

“I look for­ward to go­ing to prac­tice and be­ing with my team­mates,” she added. “I be­come en­er­gized.”

The Hur­ri­canes’ co­he­sive­ness as a group was helped along by team­bond­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, which in­clude a weekly pasta night, where they load up on car­bo­hy­drates.

“We have a lot of dif­fer­ent types of per­son­al­i­ties, but we all come to­gether to form a team,” Ines said. “The vibe be­tween us is pretty good. Our team-bond­ing ac­tiv­i­ties have been great, and we’ve all got­ten close.

“This will help us stay to­gether if we’re down. Of course, we want to live up to our rep­u­ta­tion. That’s what we aim to do.”

Kapolei is in the midst of a three- game home stand, which be­gan with last Fri­day night’s Oahu In­ter­scholas­tic As­so­ci­a­tion Western Di­vi­sion opener against Nanakuli.

The Hur­ri­canes re­turn to ac­tion Fri­day when they host Rad­ford at 7 p.m. A home date with Wa­ialua will follow Tues­day, Dec. 16.

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