On Oct. 3, HPU defeated Mililani Soccer Club 4-1.
The Mililani game couldn’t have started better. Only six
minutes into the game, HPU Green’s Christopher Zachrison
gave an opening pass to Erik Wangen, who crossed it into the
box where Conny Kristiansson finished putting HPU Green ahead
After the goal, HPU Green dominated the game, but neither team
could create any clear scoring opportunities.
Thirty minutes into the game, a Mililani player headed a ball
to HPU Green’s goalkeeper, Zach Mourad, but the ball was
cleared on the goalline by Swedish defender Kristian Persson.
This was the start of an intensive Mililani press that resulted
in a tie in the 33rd minute. The Mililani player dribbled past
two HPU players inside the penalty area, and finished with a
drive into the far corner without giving Mourad any chance.
It could have been worse. Just before half-time, Mourad made
a brilliant save on a 25-yard shot from a Mililani player.
The first half’s efforts were lackadaisical,” said
Scott Liedtke, HPU Green’s coach, clearly disappointed
with his team’s performance so far in the game. “We
gave away too much space and backed into our own defensive third,
which gave us problems defensively” Liedtke said. About
the goal conceded, he added: “We have to pressure them
and be more aggressive.”
That was exactly what happened in the second half. Two minutes
into the second half, Iovo Stefanov had a golden opportunity
to score after a nice set play by Tourbjorn Hompland and Zachrison.
The Mililani goalkeeper denied Stefanov that time.
Ten minutes later, Hompland, nicely served by Stefanov, managed
to shoot over the bar, unfortunately a couple of yards from
The goal came at 65 minutes, after a great play by right fullback
Kristian Persson and Zachrison, who found Stefanov inside the
goal area. Stefanov made no mistake and gave HPU Green the
lead in the game.
With one goal up, HPU Green controlled the game. Mililani now
had a hard time finding a way through. In the 78th minute,
Walter Sanchez received the ball on the outside of the goal
he finished it accurately. With 3-1 up, HPU Green just had
to hold on to their lead.
On injury time, Stefanov brilliantly put the score to 4-1,
assisted by Oliver Smith.
Liedtke was pleased after the game. “We showed character
in the second half. We stepped up and pressured the ball, creating
When asked about the players’ performances and if anyone
had surprised him, Liedtke said: “The cohesiveness of this
group is without any doubt the biggest surprise so far.”