Camp­bell Armed With Nine Se­niors For Boys Soc­cer Play

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

If any team de­served a bet­ter fate in the win-loss col­umn last sea­son, it was the Camp­bell boys soc­cer team.

While the Sabers posted another win­ning sea­son at 6-5, it was a col­lec­tion of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties on the of­fen­sive end, in head coach Randy White’s view.

“We had great pos­ses­sion time and a great de­fense, but we couldn’t fin­ish ( scor­ing plays),” said White. “We hope to im­prove on that this year.”

The Sabers’ OIA first round play­off loss to Kahuku last sea­son was telling, ac­cord­ing to the coach, who re­called Camp­bell out­shoot­ing the Red Raiders 20 to 4, only to lose (2-1 in over­time).

Hopes are high for Camp­bell this time, in large part be­cause of the re­turn of nine se­niors.

In­ter­est in the pro­gram among the un­der­class­men also is at an all-time high.

“We had 20 fresh­men come for try­outs and were able to keep seven (on var­sity),” said White. “We’re bal­anced and can have a com­pet­i­tive team for the next few years.”

Four-year se­niors Bryson Max­imo and Kame- kona Reiny-Aloy high­light the list of re­turnees.

Max­imo was the lead­ing scorer a year ago as an at­tacker with five tal­lies, while Reiny- Aloy has played mul­ti­ple po­si­tions dur­ing his ca­reer.

“Our of­fense and de­fense will go through Bryson, who will be our cen­ter­mid(fielder),” White said of Max­imo, who was a First Team All-Con­fer­ence pick in the OIA West last year.

“He’ll dic­tate much of what we do. He’ll be our point guard, if you will.

“Reiny-Aloy is go­ing to be a solid player for us this year,” White added. “He’s a leader who the kids voted on to be their cap­tain.

“He’s played ev­ery­where for us, but this year we are go­ing to have him spearhead our back line with his tough­ness, lead­er­ship and ma­tu­rity.”

In another po­si­tion switch, highly re­garded de­fender Chay Mat­tos likely will move to mid­field, ac­cord­ing to White.

“He has such great ball skills, we hope to im­prove our goal scor­ing this year with him there (at mid­field),” he said of Mat­tos, who was a Sec­ond Team All-Con­fer­ence se­lec­tion in 2013-14.

White also is high on sopho­more mid­fielder David Tup­per, who had a great pre­sea­son camp.

“Even though he’s only a sopho­more, he’s one of our cap­tains,” White said. “He’s been a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence and a hard-work­ing player who con­stantly mo­ti­vates his team­mates.”

Camp­bell is hop­ing for a re­turn to the state soc­cer tour­na­ment, after miss­ing out last win­ter.

An up­set of even­tual Di­vi­sion I Cham­pion Kalani in the OIA play­offs had lifted the Sabers into the state tour­na­ment two years ago.

The Sabers opened their 2014-15 OIA West slate at Nanakuli last week­end and will be on the road for ev­ery game this sea­son while their field is be­ing re­stored.

“This ad­ver­sity should help us at play­off time, when we play ev­ery game on the road,” White said.

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