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Prep Football Preview Special
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Game of the Week
Kalani Takase | ScoringLiveJanuary 12, 2018, 10:57pm
Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ Kapolei
KAPOLEI — Thomas Mascaro-Keahi and Sean Yoshida scored two goals apiece and goalkeeper Jason Catron made seven saves to lead Kapolei to a resounding 4-0 win over visiting Pearl City Friday night.
The Hurricanes, No. 6 in the ScoringLive/Hawaiian Electric Boys Soccer Power Rankings, netted three second-half goals to notch their fourth consecutive win. They improved to 7-1 on the season and took over sole possession of second place in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I West standings.
The eighth-ranked Chargers (6-2) saw their five-game win streak snapped. They entered in a three-way tie for second place, but fell to fourth with the loss.
"It feels really good. We know we're making progress, so our work on and off the field is finally showing," said Catron, who was instrumental in Kapolei's seventh shutout on the year.
Pearl City was held scoreless for just the second time this season. It was averaging just under six goals a game and was coming off a 12-0 rout of Aiea Tuesday.
"I think that brings a lot of confidence to our defense," Catron added. "Our defense has been working hard day in and day out and I think it showed tonight what they could do."
Mascaro-Keahi was assisted by Eric Aquino on both of his goals. His header in the 17th minute was his fifth goal of the season and opened the scoring Friday.
Kapolei's Sean Yoshida passes the ball off to a teammate in the second half.
Yoshida found the back of the net on a header in the 55th minute off a well-placed corner kick by Noah Kolona and Mascaro-Keahi added his sixth goal of the season in the 57th minute to make it a 3-0 lead.
Mascaro-Keahi credited midfielder Sam Wren for the entry pass on the scoring play.
"It was a great ball from Sam and I just figured if I can get that ball through I know I can get off and my intention was to originally cross it, but I saw that opening between the defense, because they were spread apart, and I took the shot and it went in," Mascaro-Keahi said of his sixth goal of the season.
Yoshida, a senior forward, closed out the scoring in the 73rd minute with his team-leading 11th goal.
Kapolei recorded 23 shots, including 15 on goal. Pearl City posted 10 of its 13 shots in the second half. It managed seven shots on goal, but all of them were stopped by Catron, who made five saves after halftime.
"Jason is a gamer," Hurricanes co-coach Ryan Lau said. "If you saw the last two years, he comes up big in big games and a lot of that is he has such great instincts and awareness, he has good hands — he may not be the tallest keeper — but he's an extremely confident player and it shows out there. He's very confident in his abilities, he's sure of his positioning and he always has his eye focused on the ball."
Just past the midpoint of the second half, Catron denied Gomes once more — this time on a penalty kick resulting from a Kapolei foul in the box. The ball ricocheted back to Gomes, but the Chargers' midfielder hit the crossbar with the rebound.
Earlier in the second half, Pearl City had what appeared to be a goal negated due to an offsides call.
"It is what it is. Kapolei came out, they played hard. I can argue the calls all I want, but I know that's not going to change and it just wasn't our night," Pearl City coach Derek Kawano said. "They played hard and so I've got to give all the credit to Kapolei. They had a good game plan, they came out, executed and we fell short."
Pearl City goalkeeper Richard Seaman keeps a ball out of the net against Kapolei.
Richard Seaman made six saves in goal for the Chargers, who had allowed just one goal through their first seven games.
"We're a very good team in the run of play: we can combine, we can possess and we have a lot of dynamic players," Lau said. "Our mantra is ‘the team is the star' and you saw it tonight. There were a lot of outstanding efforts from a lot of people; it was a total team effort."
It was the first meeting between the teams since Kapolei rallied to a 2-1 win over Pearl City in the quarterfinals of the state tournament last February.
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