Un­beaten Bears top War­riors


Deloso-Flocco helps lead Bald­win to 2-0 win over Kame­hameha

Staff Writer

WAILUKU — An­gelo DelosoFlocco has seen the Bald­win High School boys soc­cer team grow up with him.

A co-Maui In­ter­scholas­tic League Player of the Year se­lec­tion last sea­son for the Bears’ state semi­fi­nal team, Deloso-Flocco was in his el­e­ment on Thursday night at War Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

His goal in the 38th minute — a 20-yard rocket shot that ric­o­cheted into the net off a de­fender — led the Bears to a 2-0 win over Kame­hameha Maui in a match be­tween the two peren­nial con­tenders in the Maui In­ter­scholas­tic League.

“It’s great, the team is good, we’re close, we’re like a real fam­ily this year,” said Deloso-Flocco, a se­nior striker who spent three years at the Los An­ge­les Galaxy Acad­emy be­fore re­turn­ing to the Bears as a sopho­more. “We’re real to­gether this year. It makes it a lot more fun — ev­ery­body’s on the same page, ev­ery­body’s on the same wave­length, ev­ery­body wants the same goal. It’s good.”

Deloso-Flocco has five goals in the last three matches for the Bears (4-0-1).

His dan­ger­ous cross pass in the 69th minute was knocked in by a Kame­hameha de­fender to ac­count for the fi­nal score. The War­riors fell to 2-2-0.

Deloso-Flocco was all over the field, in the mid­dle of sev­eral se­ri­ous chances.

“We were get­ting a few op­por­tu­ni­ties, we should have fin­ished a cou­ple more,” Deloso-Flocco said.

Bald­win coach Kaniela Palaz­zotto moved Deloso-Flocco to an out­side spot and it worked well against the War­riors, who started six sopho­mores and just one se­nior.

“They have got some re­ally good play­ers,” Palaz­zotto said of the War­riors. “They are a lit­tle on the younger side, but they are re­ally feisty. We started off re­ally slow tonight. If they were a lit­tle older and a lit­tle more ma­ture, they prob­a­bly would have tucked a cou­ple in on us early.

“We man­aged to weather the storm and bounce back. After that (first) 20 min­utes, I

think it was all us.”

Kame­hameha Maui had a solid op­por­tu­nity in the 44th

minute when Teva Pi­mentel smacked a long shot off the cross­bar and Sa­muel Oster­miller got a foot on the re­bound, but he sent it over the goal. Dayne Kubo had a free kick stopped by Bald­win goal­keeper El­liot Tom in the 62nd minute.

“Like the usual, the usual com­peti­tors, La­hainaluna’s climb­ing in there, too,” Kame­hameha Maui coach Jayson Naka­sone said of the MIL. “It’s good though, it’s good for the league. So, com­pe­ti­tion all around.”

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER pho­tos

PHOTO ABOVE: Kanoa Hokoana of Kame­hameha Schools Maui clears a first-half ball in front of Bald­win’s Daniel Ma­bie on Thursday at War Me­mo­rial Sta­dium. PHOTO BE­LOW: The Bears’ An­gelo Deloso-Flocco fol­lows through on his goal in the first half.

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