Warriors move on to state quarterfinals with OT win

Rodrigues’ golden goal lifts Kamehameha Maui over Waipahu, 1-0

Brynn Rodrigues of Kamehameha Schools Maui fights Waipahu’s Kaycee Manding for the ball in the first half of the Warriors’ 1-0 overtime victory over the Marauders in a state tournament first-round match Monday afternoon at Kanaiaupuni Stadium. • The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

PUKALANI — She wasn’t sure, but Brynn Rodrigues admitted she may have never scored a more important goal in her life.

The Kamehameha Schools Maui freshman got her head on the ball off a corner kick from fellow freshman Sofia Stupplebeen in the 82nd minute.

The goal by the 5-foot-1 Rodrigues gave the Warriors a 1-0 victory over Waipahu on Monday in a first-round match of The Queen’s Medical Center Division I Girls State Soccer Championship at Kanaiaupuni Stadium.

“I’m not sure, I’ve scored in PKs and stuff like that, but this is pretty big,” Rodrigues said of her game-winner.

The win sends the Warriors (7-2-2) to the state quarterfinals against No. 2 seed Mililani on Thursday at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex.

The Warriors’ Ilihia Keawekane avoids Marauders defender Kadi Nakamura and sends a shot at goalie Amelia Nelson in the first half. • The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

“I kind of just saw the ball go over (a Marauders defender’s) head and then it was just like there for me,” Rodrigues said with a wide smile. “It feels great. I feel like we have a lot of potential for the next milestone that we will be accomplishing.”

The Marauders (10-5-0) saw their season come to an end in conditions that began as cold and windy before developing into blue skies and sunshine near the end of a hard-fought match in which the teams played the first 80 minutes to a scoreless tie.

“I think it was more the elements that were tough, but both teams had to play in the same elements,” Waipahu coach Brent Murakami said. “I think that was the biggest battle, to be honest.”

The Warriors had a stellar chance late in the first half when Ilihia Keawekane short shot from the right side stopped by Waipahu goalkeeper Amelia Nelson. The chance was set up by a nifty give-and-go run by Keawekane and Kamalei Roback.

Kaycee Manding’s shot from inside the penalty box was stopped by Kamehameha goalie Makamae Aquino in the 43rd minute.

Kamehameha Maui’s Makena Robinson battles for the ball against Waipahu’s Karlee Manding on Monday. • The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Keawekane’s shot went just wide right in the 72nd minute and Roback rocketed a shot from close range over the crossbar in 77th minute.

“You can’t complain about a beautiful day for soccer today for us,” Kamehameha coach Brandon Kotter said. “The weather was a little bit of a factor in the first half, but both sides were adjusting for it and I thought both teams did well by adjusting to the climate.

“Once the second half came in and the sun came out, then it turned into more of the style soccer we wanted to play.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

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The Warriors’ Bailey Ventura dribbles in front of the Marauders’ Jaeda Jimeno. • The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

The Queen’s Medical Center

Girls Soccer State Championships

DIVISION I

Monday’s Results

First Round

Kamehameha Maui 1, Waipahu 0, OT

Pearl City 4, Konawaena 1

Moanalua at Iolani, ppd. (rescheduled for today at 3:30 p.m.)

Kaiser 1, Aiea 0

Thursday’s Games

At Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex

Quarterfinals

No. 4 King Kekaulike vs. Kaiser, 1 p.m.

No. 3 Hilo vs. Moanalua-Iolani winner, 3 p.m.

No. 2 Mililani vs. Kamehameha Maui, 5 p.m.

No. 1 Kamehameha Kapalama vs. Pearl City, 7 p.m.

Friday’s Games

At Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex

Fifth-place semifinals

Mililani-Kamehameha Maui loser vs. Hilo-Moanalua/Iolani loser, 3 p.m.

Kamehameha Kapalama-Pearl City loser vs. King Kekaulike-Kaiser loser, 3 p.m.

Semifinals

Mililani-Kamehameha Maui winner vs. Hilo-Moanalua/Iolani winner, 5 p.m.

Kamehameha Kapalama-Pearl City winner vs. King Kekaulike-Kaiser winner, 7 p.m.

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