After playing two home matches and going relatively unchallenged, Christian Liberty was primed to play in a new setting under different conditions.
The results, however, were more of the same: another hat trick for Nakaiya Kerr and further domination for the Canefire.
Junior Louis Moylan added two goals Tuesday and sophomore Seqouya Kerr tallied three assists as Christian Liberty shut out Waiakea 7-0 in a Big Island Interscholastic Federation boys soccer match.
The Warriors boys and girls teams are playing their home matches this season at St. Joseph High School, a field that Canefire coach Troy Rimel called much less bumpy than Christian Liberty’s pitch in Keaau.
“We were really excited to see what we could do on a smooth surface,” Rimel said. “It was fun to be able to possess the ball and be able to play against a team that possesses the ball.”
The teams had played to draws the past three seasons, but the seasoned Canefire (3-0) simply overwhelmed rebuilding Waiakea (0-4), which is undergoing a heavy youth movement after consecutive BIIF Division I runner-up finishes.
Junior Kekoa Mundo added his second goal off the season and senior fullback Tim Jittu scored his first for Christian Liberty, which looks in midseason form as it tries to improve on its runner-up finish in Division II last year. Senior goalkeeper Keanu Bergfeld collected his second shutout.
No matter the surface, the Canefire (3-0 ) have been clicking on all cylinders, particularly junior forwards Nakaiya Kerr (team-high eight goals) and Moylan (four).
“They’re firing very well,” Rimel said.
The defense hasn’t been bad either. The Canefire have outscored their opponents 18-1 this season.
Christian Liberty amassed more than 40 shots apiece in earlier wins against Parker and Keaau, and it fired more than 20 against the Warriors.
“It was a really good test for the boys to play great players like Miles Marshall and Hajime Hayano. We weren’t expecting to score that many,” Rimel said. “(Waiakea) is young. I’ve been there and appreciate what (coach David Urakami) is trying to do. In a couple of years, they’re going to be good again.”
Kamehameha 2, Keaau 2: With visiting Keaau trailing 2-1, the Cougars’ Matthew Shimabukuro scored off a penalty kick with about 3 minutes remaining.
Liam Kenoi had given the Warriors (1-2-1) the lead in the second half with his second goal of the season.
In the first half, Kamehameha’s Kawika Finley scored off a penalty kick for his second goal, and Christian Agudo found the net for Keaau (1-2-1).
Hilo 9, Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science 0: Senior Lorrin Pajimola tallied his first two goals of the season and seven other players found the back of the net to power the Vikings at Hilo Bayfront.
Also scoring for the first time this season for Hilo (3-0) were seniors Justin Shiigi, Spike Boyd, Kaiawe Miyasaki and Sean Resureccion; junior Kaulu Ontai; and freshmen Arris Aynessazian and River Brown.
Senior Katon Pestano and freshman Brandon Baca shared goalkeeping duties to shut out the Na Naia (0-4).
Waiakea 9, Christian Liberty 0: Sophomore Jordan Melchor scored three times as the Warriors improved to 2-3.
One match after netting a hat trick of her own, junior Cheylee Octavio added her team-high fourth goal of the season. Senior Stacia DePonte, juniors Karise Kuroda and Kylie Robertson and sophomore Sabrina Scott also scored.
Freshmen Kadara Marshall shut out the Canefire (0-4) in goal.