Lunas, Na Alii play to scoreless draw
PUKALANI – The Lahainaluna High School boys soccer team traveled to King Kekaulike Stadium on Wednesday night with both teams having a shot at sole possession of first place in the Maui Interscholastic League Division I standings.
A scoreless draw instead left them tied for second, but clearly in contention.
The Lunas (5-2-2) had six shots on goal in the second half, but Na Alii keeper Cameron Baker, stopped each one – including tremendous diving saves in the 49th and 71st minutes.
“Their defense was playing pretty well,” Lahainaluna captain Rhys Lendio said. “We had a couple opportunities, we’ve just got to finish them next time.”
Na Alii (5-0-2) slowed the Lunas’ aggressive attack late in the second half, and had five shots in the final 10 minutes.
King Kekaulike remained the MIL’s lone unbeaten team.
When asked what was going through his head in the final minutes, Lunas coach Sam Aki said: “Watch No. 10 (Na Alii sophomore Lionel Mills) and see if we can finish one.”
In the 80th minute, Na Alii had several opportunities and free kicks, but could not score.
Lahainaluna has played more games than any other team in the league, and only Maui High has more losses.
“We need to make a run here and hopefully some things fall into play,” Aki said. “We need a lot of help.”
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