Crucial Warriors-Bears match postponed

KAHULUI — The girls and boys soccer matches between Kamehameha Schools Maui and Baldwin High School were postponed on Wednesday at Keopuolani Park after the girls teams from both schools had warmed up for their 5 p.m. scheduled start.

Concerns over the field conditions and weather were the reasons cited by officials for the postponements. The matches will be made up at a later date to be announced.

The Warriors girls entered the match leading the Maui Interscholastic League standings at 6-0-1, while Baldwin was 4-3-0.

“We’re postponing the game because it’s a really important game, so we don’t want to have anything (go wrong),” Baldwin athletic director Wade Hondo said. “We want everything to be right before we play it.”

When asked what the concerns were, Hondo said, “I think it’s a combination of a lot of things. The weather is possibly coming in now, partial field conditions in some areas. This is a pretty crucial game and both teams are really physical, so we’re just worried about injury. I think that’s the one important thing — we’re just worried about player safety.”

One more win would put the Kamehameha girls in the state tournament for the ninth consecutive season.

“We were originally supposed to play in the (War Memorial) stadium, but we received a message stating that the stadium was deemed unsafe to play, so they were looking for another location,” Kamehameha Maui coach Brandon Kotter said. “Being Baldwin is the home team, they chose to play at this field. You can take a look for yourself, it’s not in relatively great shape.”

Kotter said the makeup date “would probably be sometime next week.”

He added: “I’m not mad. With the position that we’re in right now, we have a lot to lose. To come out here and somebody gets hurt because of an unsafe condition or environment, why take that risk?”

Baldwin girls coach Dave Mena said, “I think it’s a good decision — player safety first.”

Kamehameha Maui AD Jon Viela said the decision may force the boys and girls matches between the schools to be played on different days. He said War Memorial Stadium is available going forward.

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

Also Wednesday

Girls

King Kekaulike 2, Seabury Hall 1

Goal scorers–King Kekaulike: Teani Arakawa 2 (Cheyana Costa-Neikter assist); Seabury Hall: Kalena Pfaeltzer.

Boys

Maui High 2, Lahainaluna 2, tie

King Kekaulike 4, Seabury Hall 0

Goal scorers reported–King Kekaulike: Jhoel Sarraude 2, Conner Prados, Jericho Lara.

MIL Standings

GIRLS

DIVISION I

W L T Pts

Kamehameha Maui 6 0 1 19

King Kekaulike 6 1 1 19

Maui High 5 3 0 15

Baldwin 4 3 0 12

Lahainaluna 0 8 0 0

Division II

Seabury Hall 1 7 0 3

x-clinched state tournament berth

Wednesday’s Results

King Kekaulike 2, Seabury Hall 1

Baldwin vs. Kamehameha Maui, ppd.

Saturday’s Matches

Maui High at Seabury Hall, noon

Kamehameha Maui at Lahainaluna, 5 p.m.

Baldwin vs. King Kekaulike at War Memorial Stadium, 5 p.m.

BOYS

DIVISION I

W L T Pts

King Kekaulike 6 0 0 18

Baldwin 4 1 0 12

Lahainaluna 2 2 2 8

Kamehameha Maui 2 2 1 7

Maui High 1 4 1 4

Division II

Seabury Hall 0 6 0 0

Wednesday’s Results

Lahainaluna 2, Maui High 2

King Kekaulike 4, Seabury Hall 0

Baldwin vs. Kamehameha Maui, ppd.

Saturday’s Matches

Maui High at Seabury Hall, 2 p.m.

Kamehameha Maui at Lahainaluna, 7 p.m.

Baldwin vs. King Kekaulike at War Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

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