(Sat) February 7, 2009
HHSAA Division I GIRLS SOCCER: Punahou Topples Kamehameha in Division I Final
By Kyle Galdeira
Punahou dethroned three-time defending
state champion Kamehameha with a thrilling 1-0 victory in the
championship match of the Division I Hawaii High School Athletic
Association/JN Automotive Group girls state soccer championships
yesterday evening at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex’s main stadium.
Buffanblu and Warriors played to two ties in Interscholastic League of
Honolulu regular-season play, but Punahou picked the right time to pull
out a win over league champion Kamehameha.
midfielder Aisha Price used her superb throw-in ability to launch a
rocket from the sideline into the goal area, where Jayann Gabrio was
waiting to head the pass into the top of the net to put the Buffanblu
up 1-0 in the match’s 36th minute. Price has been instrumental in
providing her squad with instant offense off throw-in opportunities, as
the senior’s strength and torque on her throws put opposing defenses at
With four minutes to play in the match,
Kamehameha’s Meleana Shim was awarded a free kick just outside of the
18-yard box, but her line drive shot was corralled by a diving Alana
Munger to preserve the shutout for Punahou.
With under 30
seconds to play, Kamehameha (12-1-2) had a loose ball trickle across
the Punahou goal area, but a handful of attackers could not round up
the ball for what would have been an uncontested shot as Munger was out
of position on the play. The Buffanblu cleared the ensuing corner kick
try, and milked the final seconds off the clock to win the school’s
ninth girls’ state soccer championship.