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Leighland Tagawa | ScoringLiveDecember 19, 2018, 10:45pm
KAHALA — Kaiser won a thrilling back-and-forth affair over archrival Kalani by a score of 4-3 at the Falcons' field Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomore Lucas Shearer netted a hat trick and had a hand in the seventh-ranked Cougars' game-winning goal to help Kaiser improve to 5-0 atop the Oahu Interscholastic Association East standings.
The third-ranked Falcons, the reigning OIA Division I champions, suffered their first loss of the year and dropped to 5-1.
After Shearer scored two goals in the first half, both teams combined for five goals after the break.
"Wow, what a back-and-forth game," Kaiser coach Layne Abalos said. "I told the boys that Kalani was going to come back. Kalani's a great team and they're gonna come back."
Kaiser began the goal frenzy in the 17th minute. The Cougars won a penalty kick off a handball call and Shearer placed his shot perfectly into the bottom right corner to give the Cougars an early lead.
Shearer added a second goal in the 30th minute. After Kyler Halvorsen won a free kick right outside the penalty box, Shearer hit a curling shot that was out of reach for the Kalani goalkeeper to give the Cougars a 2-0 halftime lead.
The windy conditions played a major factor throughout the game. In the first half, Kaiser had the wind advantage.
"Our field is just so small and the wind was really howling today," said Kalani coach Mike Ching. "But I thought we had chances in the first half. I knew we were going to get chances to score a couple."
With the wind advantage and some halftime adjustments, the Falcons got on the scoreboard minutes into the second half.
After his corner kick bounced back to him, forward Kane Enomoto wiped in a nice cross and Marc Anthony Cabrera hit a powerful header into goal in the 42nd minute.
Kaiser responded quickly when Shearer scored his hat trick goal in the 47th minute. After a ball got crossed into the middle of the field, Shearer watched it bounce once and hit a wicked volley that dipped right beneath the crossbar and into the top left corner of the goal.
However, the Falcons were not done yet. In the 52nd minute, leading goal scorer Brison Kim slotted home a penalty kick for the home team. A minute later, Kalani tied the game up 3-3 when Kai Sigler's cross found the head of Cabrera for his second goal of the game.
The game would be at a deadlock until the 72nd minute. Shearer hit a through ball to Halvorsen who played it off to Ethan Abalos for the game winning score. Shearer was involved in all four of Kaiser's goals in the win.
"Honestly I was pretty pissed, but I'm happy that we didn't panic and we didn't let ourselves down," Shearer said after Kalani tied the game up at 3-3. "We kept with it, we played hard and that's why we won in the end."
Abalos credited Shearer for his performance and called the win a team victory.
"He's a great player," Abalos said of Shearer. "Super proud of him. Super proud. Our boys stuck together and it was definitely a team win."
Although Kalani fell short of the miracle comeback, Ching was proud on how his team performed in the second half.
"I'm proud on how we came back," said Ching. "It just didn't go our way. They got the goal at the end so credit to Kaiser. They really played well and put in the chances that they had."
Both teams allowed more goals in this game against each other than all the other games this season combined.
"Sometimes we go through a season where we don't even allow four goals," said Ching. "I think it's good for us truthfully. We have to go through some adversity. Hopefully we can do something later in playoffs."
Eagles withstood a 2nd-half comeback by the Royals after building a 34-17 halftime lead.
Chargers will face Aiea for the OIA Division I crown Saturday night at Kaiser.
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The Falcons outscored the Mules in the first three quarters for a 20-point victory.
Mililani outscored Moanalua by 16 after the opening period to advance to the OIA D1 semis.
The Governors advance to take on Waipahu next Tuesday in the semifinals