Mid-Pac edges Ka Makani for title


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Hawaii Prep’s girls soccer team came up one game short of a state championship for a second year in a row, falling to Mid-Pacific again.

The Stephen Perry-coached Ka Makani (12-2-2) lost 2-0 to Mid-Pacific on Saturday in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II championship game at Oahu’s Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex.

Julie Khil gave Mid-Pacific (7-7-1) the lead in the 30th minute off a Jenna Richards assist. Taylor Higa added an insurance goal in the 36th minute off a Khil assist.

Makua Lani 2, Radford 2: Tiffany Nakamura scored two goals in less than a minute, and the Lions (6-9-1) fought back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to claim a tie for fifth place.

Nakamura’s first goal came in the 43rd minute off an assist from Hannah Shimizu. She scored from 12 yards out on the right side.

About a minute later, Lauren Mabuni found Nakamura on the left side, and Nakamura delivered again. This time, her goal came from 15 yards out on a left-footed shot.

Lydia Wood was Makua Lani’s keeper. She made some “unbelievable saves,” coach John Edwards said. Abigail Granger scored both goals for Radford (5-9-2).

• Kamehameha-Hawaii 3, Honokaa 0: Tiffany Pacheco opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and Kekai Yuen added goals in the 24th and 58th minutes in the seventh-place game.

Both teams finished the season at 11-5.

Division I

• Iolani 3, Punahou 1: In the D-I championship game, Iolani fought past Interscholastic League of Honolulu rival Punahou to capture its first state girls soccer title in 13 years.

Iolani’s Jill Shimabuku scored the team’s first goal less than two minutes into the title match.

But the Buffanblu tied the score at 1-1 on Jensen Toner’s goal in the 61st minute.

Shimabuku, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player, gave Iolani the lead for good with her second goal in the 65th minute to make it 2-1.

Alyssa Kim then closed scoring with an insurance goal in the 72nd minute.

Iolani, under head coach Kristin Masunaga, claimed the ILH title and earned the No. 1 seed in the state D-I tournament.

Punahou, the ILH runner-up, had to win three straight matches to advance to the final.

 

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