State Girls Soccer Brackets Revealed
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by Josh Pacheco
Six Big Island soccer squads have their assignments for this week’s Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Girls State Soccer Championships, held this week at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex on Oahu.
There will be a new champion in the Division I tournament. Kamehameha-Kapalama failed to qualify for this year’s championships despite finishing with an 8-2-2 record.
Representing the Interscholastic League of Honolulu will be Iolani. The Raiders finished the season with an 11-1-1 mark and claimed the top seed in the tournament. They face either King Kekaulike or Moanalua on Thursday evening.
Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion Konawaena earned the fourth seed in the tournament. The Wildcats finished the season with an 11-1-1 league record. They will play the winner of the all-Oahu Interscholastic Association matchup between Kaiser and Waianae on Thursday at 1:00 p.m.
BIIF runner-up Kealakehe will open the tournament on Wednesday by facing the Kahuku Red Raiders. The Waveriders finished the season with a 10-1-2 record.
Other seeded teams include OIA champion Mililani and Maui Interscholastic League champion Kamehameha-Maui. The second-seeded Trojans finished OIA play with a 12-0-1 record and will face the Kealakehe/Kahuku winner, while Maui’s league champion, who ended the season with 12-2-0 record, will take on either Punahou or Pearl City.
In Division II, four BIIF schools will compete in the 12-team field. League champion Hawai`i Preparatory Academy claimed the tournament’s third seed. Last year’s runner up finished this campaign with the best league record of any team in the tournament, going 10-1-2 during the season.
League runner-up Kamehameha-Hawai`i (9-4-0) opens the tournament Wednesday against the OIA’s fourth place squad, Leilehua. Honoka`a High School (6-5-1) faces Nanakuli, the OIA’s runner-up, while Makua Lani (4-8-0) will open with Kalaheo. The Makua Lani/Kalaheo winner will face HPA on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
Two-time defending champion Mid-Pacific returns to claim the top seed in the draw. The Owls went 4-7-1 against competition in both divisions. Against fellow Division II schools, Mid-Pacific beat Saint Francis twice and failed to beat Pac-Five, losing once and tying another match.
Other seeded squads include Kauai Interscholastic Federation champion Kapaa High School (6-1-2), the draw’s seond seed, and OIA White champion Radford (4-8-1), who drew the tournament’s fourth seed.
OC16 will air the Division I semi-finals on Friday afternoon beginning at 5:00 p.m. Both championship games will air on Saturday with the same start time.