Warriors, Lunas play to draw

Result leaves teams needing lots of help to qualify for states

Aikala Chappell of Kamehameha Schools Maui is sandwiched by Lahainaluna’s Erick Montiel (right) and Marcos Lopez in the first half of the teams’ 0-0 draw Thursday night at Kanaiaupuni Stadium. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

PUKALANI — What was a tie felt like a loss to the Kamehameha Schools Maui and Lahainaluna boys soccer teams.

The Warriors and Lunas both took blows to their state tournament hopes in a scoreless draw on Thursday night at Kanaiaupuni Stadium.

“I was doing the math at the end and I didn’t even think how it would affect them,” Kamehameha coach Jayson Nakasone said. “I knew we couldn’t do anything less than a win, but I didn’t know what they needed. … I think that’ll do it for us this year.”

The Warriors (4-3-2) now have no margin for error if they want one of the Maui Interscholastic League’s two state berths, trailing second place King Kekaulike by nine points with three matches to play in the regular season. Lahainaluna (6-2-2) is one point out of second, but Na Alii (7-2-0) have three matches to play, one more than the Lunas.

“Most definitely, Kamehameha brought everything, they are playing for pride as well as you know we were just trying to keep it up and stay in the hunt, but in the 0-0 tie, unfortunate for us,” Lahainaluna coach Sam Aki said. “That’s the way it is, MIL great competition, always. That’s why I love playing in the MIL — it gets us ready for state. Whoever comes out with the championship or second place, they are going to represent really well.”

Kamehameha Maui’s Paytin Ayau (left) and Lahainaluna’s Tahjan Kruck give chase Thursday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Lunas sophomore goalkeeper Pablo Rico was stellar all night long and came up with the save of the match when he tipped away a rocket shot by Dylan Nakagawa that appeared headed for the upper-left  corner of the net in the 78th minute.

“Pablo did a great job, beautiful saves,” Aki said. “He’s a big kid and two more years we’ve got him, so that’s good for us.”

Kamehameha Maui’s Paytin Ayau sent a laser shot over the crossbar in the 56th minute and had another shot go just wide right four minutes later and then again in the 64th minute.

Kealaula Keliikoa had his shot stopped in the 61st minute by Rico, two minutes after the Lunas’ Marcos Lopez was stoned by Warriors goalkeeper Jordan Nascimento-Takatani.

“We had our chances,” Nakasone said. “It’s not like we didn’t do anything. (Rico) came up with a couple big ones that should have put this game away, but he saved for them, definitely. Our defense played well, too. We didn’t get scored on at home.”

The Warriors’ Aikala Chappell and Lunas’ Radon Sinenci compete for a header. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

While the Lunas aren’t eliminated, they now need two wins and other favorable results.

“We really needed the three points, and a lot of help,” Aki said.

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

MIL Standings



–                            W    L    T    Pts

Baldwin                    7    0    2    23

King Kekaulike            7    2    0    21

Lahainaluna                6    2    2    20

Kamehameha Maui    4    3    2    14

Maui High                2    6    1    7


–                            W    L    T    Pts

Seabury Hall            2    6    1    7

St. Anthony                0    9    0    0

Thursday’s Result

Lahainaluna 0, Kamehameha Maui 0, tie

Today’s Match

King Kekaulike at Maui High, 4 p.m.

Saturday’s Matches

Baldwin at Seabury Hall, 4 p.m.

St. Anthony vs. Kamehameha Maui at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.



–                            W    L    T    Pts

x-Baldwin                10    0    1    31

Kamehameha Maui    7    3    1    22

King Kekaulike            6    2    4    22

Maui High                6    4    1    19

Lahainaluna                2    10    0    6


–                            W    L    T    Pts

x-Seabury Hall            4    5    1    13

St. Anthony                0    11    0    0

x-clinched league championship

Thursday’s Results

King Kekaulike 2, Maui High 2, tie

Kamehameha Maui 8, Lahainaluna 0

Saturday’s Matches

Baldwin at Seabury Hall, 2 p.m.

St. Anthony vs. Kamehameha Maui at War Memorial Stadium, 5 p.m.