With a pair of former Big Island Interscholastic Federation standouts creating space in the midfield, Tiani Teanio had a field day at forward.
Teanio, a Keaau High senior, netted a hat trick Saturday as the Warriors overwhelmed Hilo 8-0 in an under-19 girls match at the Volcano International Soccer Tournament at Hilo Bayfront.
Coach Jason Nakayama said he moved Teanio up to striker as Kealakehe graduate McKenna Davidson and Kamehameha graduate Kera Akiyama were play-makers in the midfield.
Nakayama coaches Waiakea High during the BIIF season, but his American Youth Soccer Association summer club team also has players from Kamehameha and Keaau and Davidson, who plays her college soccer at Pacific University in Oregon.
“It was great the way the players from all the different schools came together,” Nakayama said. “Different ages and backgrounds, but they really enjoyed playing with each other.”
Waiakea junior Starcia Deponte bagged two goals, and Waiakea junior Cierra-Toledo Muragin, Akiyama and Davidson each scored once.
Nakayama said Waiakea senior Sabrina Scott “controlled the right wing” and had a hand in almost all of her team’s goals.
Waiakea graduate Kylie Robertson secured the shutout, bolstered by the play of Keaau’s Tori Teanio and Waiakea Keisha Sato and Kassie-Lynn Miyataki in front of her.
Hilo and the Warriors were the only teams in the U19 girls tournament.
The finals of U19 boys and U14 boys are at 3 p.m. Sunday, after the U12 and girls and boys finals at noon and 1:30 p.m. respectively.