Baldwin girls beat Lahainaluna
KAHULUI — Baldwin High School’s Sela Panuve was a little more tired than usual after leading her girls soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Lahainaluna on Saturday at Maui High School field.
The senior team captain played three different positions, including on the outside at the request of her coach Dave Mena. She ended the game exhausted, but with a goal to her name and a smile on her face.
“I was all over the place today,” Panuve said. “(Mena) wanted me to try string passes and work the combination plays, and I did it, but man was I bogging out there. I was like, ‘I’m not going back for defense.’ “
The Bears, who evened their Maui Interscholastic League record at 3-3-0, did not need too much defense, thanks to goals by Makenna Sumibcay and Kyra Cambra.
Sumibcay scored the first goal on a breakaway along the right sideline in the 11th minute. Sumibcay hammered her shot just inside the right post and underneath the goalie.
At the 29th minute, Panuve connected on a header over a handful of Lunas’ defenders off a corner kick from Cambra.
“Me and Tysja (Kaanana) are the two headers on the team, so every corner they look for our heads,” Panuve said. “So this time I was like, ‘This is the one, this is the one.’ When I got it I was like, ‘Thank goodness.’ “
Cambra would later score the final goal of the game before the end of the half at the 37th minute. From the right side, Cambra nailed a shot over the goalkeeper’s hands on a sharp angle to the goal.
“I feel like we did a lot better than past games,” Cambra said. “We played more as a team with unity and a lot more communication.”
Despite the loss, Lahainaluna coach Nate Mau said he was proud of his team’s play and for shutting out Baldwin in the second half. The Lunas fell to 0-6-0.
“The team is progressing very well,” Mau said. “We played really well today and we can only look forward to finishing off the season strong.”
Mena said he challenged his Bears at practice during the week to be more patient on offense. He said moving Panuve to the outside helped her game and helped her avoid going offsides continuously.
“I let her grow, let her learn, but also let the team grow, and get it to move,” Mena said.
Panuve said she was happy to help the team on the outside, but told Mena jokingly: “Don’t get mad if I don’t come back.” Panuve’s primary position is forward.
“Wherever my coach wants me to play, I’ll play there,” she said. “I’ll do what I have to, to set our team up for success. It just shows the team you can play wherever you want to play. If you’ve never played this position before, you’re cable of doing it.”
While Panuve got to rest after the game, Cambra was off to prepare for her basketball game later Saturday night against King Kekaulike. She said this was the first time this season she had to play back-to-back games.
“I actually like it because it gives me a balance,” Cambra said. “I don’t get too stressed out with one sport I can just go away and play basketball or something.”
King Kekaulike 2, Maui High 0
Goals-Teani Arakawa, Kawahi Andrade.
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