Kamehameha, Kekaulike boys battle to 1-1 tie

PUKALANI — The defending Maui Interscholastic League champion King Kekaulike High School boys soccer team and Kamehameha Maui finished in a 1-1 tie on Saturday night at King Kekaulike Stadium.

Na Alii remain atop the MIL table with the result, at 6-1-1, 19 points. The Warriors remain second at 5-1-2, 17 points.

The result helped both teams in their chase for the state tournament, but it also left the race for the league title wide open with two matches to play for each.

“Definitely, battle of the kings and we didn’t disappoint tonight,” King Kekaulike coach Barry McKay said. “Kamehameha, they’ve got a good squad — it was a fun game.”

Na Alii struck first when Connor Prados took a nifty pass from Hugh Ward to the left flank on a counter attack — Prados one-timed the ball past Warriors goalie Gabriel Arcas in the 12th minute.

“A little side net, enjoyed seeing that go in,” McKay said. “Just wanted to try and capitalize a little bit more on the amount of opportunities. We’ll take the tie. We obviously wanted a win on that, but we still have some work to do.”

Na Alii finish MIL play this week with Lahainaluna and Maui High.

Kamehameha Maui tied the match in the 27th minute when Ikua Kamaka scored on an assist from Sam Ostermiller.

“Always when we play these guys we expect that kind of energy — energy is tough, energy is tough to fight,” Kamehameha Maui coach Jayson Nakasone said. “My boys put in (a lot of energy too), especially playing away, 1-1. Proud of them.”

Both teams had several good chances in the back-and-forth match. The Warriors finish with Maui High and Baldwin.

“It’s going to go down to the end. I think,” Nakasone said. “That’s why we do this, that’s why we coach. … We’ll take the one (point) tonight.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

Also Saturday

Maui High 1, Seabury Hall 0

Baldwin 2, Lahainaluna 0

Goal scorers reported–Baldwin: Skyler Wong 2.