Red Raider Team Dom­i­nates In OIA Girls Soc­cer Awards

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

The abil­ity to fin­ish on scor­ing plays helped so­lid­ify Kahuku at­tacker Re­nee Oei’s place among the state’s best dur­ing the re­cently com­pleted girls prep soc­cer sea­son. A se­nior, Oei tal­lied a team-high 11 goals in 10 games dur­ing the OIA East sea­son. Her ef­forts didn’t go un­no­ticed by East coaches, who voted her a First Team All Star re­cently.

Oei was one of the cat­a­lysts for a Kahuku team that went 9-5-3 over­all (5- 2-3 in league games) en route to an ap­pear­ance in the Di­vi­sion I girls state soc­cer tour­na­ment.

The Red Raiders posted huge wins at the OIA tour­na­ment over West pow­ers Camp­bell (1-0), Kapolei (1-0) and Wa­ianae (4-0) to earn one of the league’s berths for the state tour­ney. A loss to even­tual OIA tour­na­ment champ Mililani in the quar­ter­fi­nals was Kahuku’s lone set­back dur­ing the event.

Oei con­tin­ued her pro­duc­tiv­ity at states, scor­ing twice in Kahuku’s 2-0 open­ing round win over Kealakehe, but losses to Mililani and Kame­hame­haMaui the next two days of­fi­cially ended the team’s sea­son.

Mid-fielder Pikake Hix and de­fender Jan­ice Pouha both were named to the Sec­ond Team from Kahuku. Pouha’s free kick from 30 yards out made the dif­fer­ence in Kahuku’s win over Camp­bell in the OIA firstround play­off in dou­bleover­time Jan. 13.

The Red Raiders also placed Maila Aluli, Moani Hurl­butt, Kayla Taula­papa and Car­rie Ka­makaala as Hon­or­able Men­tions.

Cas­tle Knights de­fender Kayla Silva-Gage also was cho­sen to the First Team af­ter lead­ing the Knights to a 7-5-1 over­all record (they were 6-3-1 in the East). Team­mate Faith Roth made the Sec­ond Team as a mid-fielder, while Vanessa Chi­nen, Jaylie Miyamoto, Ma­cie Akai, Mikayla Harada and Hau­nani Soares-Haae made Hon­or­able Men­tion.

Lily Berry Lif­tee made the First Team for Kailua as a de­fender. The Surfrid­ers fin­ished 5-5-1 in the East. Kailua also had six play­ers — Janell Alameida, Natalia Valero, Marissa Yoshida, Zsan­rei Kono­hia, Han­nah Galveso and Kyla Can­tillo — se­lected Hon­or­able Men­tions.

In Di­vi­sion II, Kiana Forsythe made the First Team as an at­tacker for Kalaheo, which earned one of the OIA’s three berths for the DII state tour­na­ment. Re­ceiv­ing Hon­or­able Men­tion from Kalaheo were Kamele Ka­hanu, Jha­dyne Felipe and Kiana Bow­man.

Kaiser’s Court­ney Okazaki was named East Player of the Year, while Adolph Sa­muels of the Cougars was se­lected as Coach of the Year.

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