Maui United ’05 boys win State Cup championship

The Maui United Soccer Club’s 2005 boys team celebrates after winning at the Hawaii State Cup on Sunday at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. Shelley Merchant photos

The Maui News

The Maui United Soccer Club’s 2005 boys team had a dominant run as they won their division at the HYSA Hawaii State Cup at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Waipahu, Oahu, last weekend.

MUSC outscored opponents 15-1 in the three-day tournament. The team defeated Rush Hawaii Nero 5-0, Na Hoa 5-0, Excel Maui 6-1, FC Hawaii 3-1 and Rush Hawaii 1-0.

In Sunday’s final against defending State Cup champion Rush Hawaii, Jacob Grossman found the back of the net in the final minute to give MUSC the thrilling victory. Shortly after subbing into the game, Kaulia Shiroma took a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box, driving the ball to the backside of the net to set up Grossman’s game-winner.

Grossman and Bailey Hoffman each scored seven goals in the tournament, while goalkeeper Jadon Valdez allowed just one goal.

Bailey Hoffman challenges for a ball.

MUSC will represent Hawaii at the Far West Regional Championship in Boise, Idaho, in June.

MUSC team members are Grossman, Hoffmann, Valdez, Jaiden Barbosa, Brayden Barbosa Briones, Bella Ayau, Trey Cerizo, Apiki Daniels,  Logan Juliano, Kaz Kinoshita, Evan Llanes, Ryan Merchant, Cy Murayama, Owen Riecke,  Duke Romanchak, Sevy Sconfienza, Kaulia Shiroma, Caleb Yap Texeira and Lance Morikawa. Coaches are Brent Nunes,  Craig Kinoshita and Matt Llanes, and the team manager is Jessy Sconfienza.

Bella Ayau drives toward the goal.