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Game of the Week
Leighland Tagawa | ScoringLiveDecember 15, 2018, 12:39am
Fri, Dec 14, 2018 @ Pearl City
PEARL CITY — No. 2 Mililani and No. 5 Pearl City started the match off with a bang, each scoring in the opening five minutes.
However, both teams would manage to shut each other out and end the game in a 1-1 draw Friday night at Bino Neves Stadium.
"It was hectic," Mililani coach Natalie Goo said of the game. "It's always fun times playing against Pearl City. It's good for our girls to get quality games like this during the regular season."
This is Goo's first year as the varsity head coach. She previously coached the Mililani junior varsity girls team.
The Trojans remain undefeated at 3-0-2 in the Oahu Interscholastic Association West standings while the Chargers are now 3-1-1.
Pearl City took the early lead in the third minute when forward Sunshine Fontes hit a nice shot past Mililani goalkeeper Sydni Nakamura.
"My little forward (Jasmine Herodies) made the goal happen," said Pearl City Coach Frank Baumholtz. "She took a ball to the corner and gave it off to Sunshine and Sunshine put it into the net."
Pearl City's Sunshine Fontes works the ball up the field. Eric Nakamura | Special to SL
Mililani responded instantly in the fourth minute when outside midfielder Nicole Ando was left open on the back post and easily tapped it in.
The Trojans dominated possession after the early goals, but Pearl City continuously threatened to break on the counter attacks. Both sides played to a stalemate heading into halftime.
However, Mililani would be dealt a major blow when starting midfielder Cecilia Jenkins went down with an injury minutes into the second half.
“She (Jenkins) went down with an injury so we had to try to plug the hole there,” Goo said of Jenkins, an Iolani transfer. “Our shape was not as good in the middle and it’s something we’re going to work on.”
Although nobody managed to score again, both teams had multiple chances to seal the game away. Fontes and Nakamura entered in an intense duel for the remainder of the match.
Fontes peppered Nakamura’s goal with three freekicks and a dipping laser shot that Nakamura had to palm over the post.
“She was very good,” Fontes said of Nakamura. “She was always blocking my shots tonight.”
Mililani keeper Sydni Nakamura comes up with a save for the Trojans. Eric Nakamura | Special to SL
Even though Pearl City was pressuring hard in the second half, Mililani was able to create some chances of its own. The Trojans forced Pearl City goalkeeper Naomi Takata into two game-saving one-on-one saves and junior Mehana Ortiz hit a bullet off the post.
“Really proud of my girls,” said Goo. “They executed exactly what we worked on in practice.”
After a shocking loss to Aiea last week, Baumholtz believes that his girls are only getting better.
“They (Mililani) have a great team and our team is improving,” Baumholtz said. “We have four freshmen on the field so we’re really very young. We came out totally flat against Aiea and gave them the game. We just have to keep playing at this level and not take any game for granted.”
Baumholtz credited Fontes, Takata and Saige Kalani for their leadership. Fontes believes that tonight’s game will help the team get ready for the rest of the season.
“We wanted to win this game but we just need to execute more,” said Fontes. “I think we are hungry and we want to get more win.”
The Chargers will take on Nanakuli at home next Tuesday while the Trojans will host Kapolei on the same day.
Kamehameha picked up a key ILH D1 win while handing Iolani its third straight loss.
Saint Francis is at No. 6, while Mid-Pacific and Maui rounds out the rankings.
Buffanblu have won six straight after starting season 0-2.
Warriors are currently undefeated in BIIF regular season play.
Ayzek Silva threw 5 2/3 strong innings while striking out a season-high 10 batters.
Liliana Thomas’ walk off single helped the Spartans create a four-way tie for first.