Baldwin ends Lahainaluna’s unbeaten bid
PUKALANI – Baldwin High School’s Alea Weber says it doesn’t matter who takes the big shots in the Bears’ water polo matches.
Thursday at the Kamehameha Maui pool, Weber’s teammates were finding her and she was able to finish in the Bears’ 12-10 come-from-behind victory over previously unbeaten Lahainaluna.
Weber finished with seven goals, including the go-ahead score with 2 minutes, 43 seconds left, as Baldwin took a half-game lead in the Maui Interscholastic League standings.
“To me it’s really not important who takes the shots as long as we get some shots in the goal,” said Weber, a senior. “It’s not a one-man team. We’re a team, we all play together. Of course, it was nice for me to be able to make those shots, but it would have been good if it was someone else, too.”
The Bears improved to 8-1, while the Lunas fell to 7-1. The teams have split their two meetings this year.
Weber put Baldwin in front to stay at 10-9 in the fourth quarter, scoring from just in front of the goal off a pass from Leyla Anderson.
“It was a really nice pass,” Weber said. “It was a perfect pass at the perfect time and I had the right position, and it just happened.”
Lahainaluna had a couple of scoring opportunities in the next minute, but Baldwin goalkeeper Cortney Smith made a nice save, and another shot went off Smith and the post.
“She is one of our leaders,” Bears coach Chris Calvert said of Smith. “We’ve been working on some things and fine-tuning some aspects of the goalkeeper position and she’s been listening and responding very well.”
Sheena Obregon scored with 1:15 left to put Baldwin up two. Lahainaluna’s Lalelei Mataafa scored with 58 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 11-10, but Obregon scored the last of her three goals with 14 seconds to go.
The Lunas led 5-3 at halftime and were in front 8-6 after three periods.
“We played really well early. We were driving and getting good shot opportunities and putting the ball away,” said Lahainaluna coach Bradley Mason. “We weren’t driving so much late in the game and it cost us.”
Mataafa scored four of her six goals in the first half.
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Goals-Lahainaluna: Lalelei Mataafa 6, Courtney Galarita 2, Addi Johnson, Haleigh Berto. Baldwin: Alea Weber 7, Sheena Obregon 3, Leyla Anderson, Kendra Bean.