The White Team started the game
by pressuring the Mililani defense, forcing them to commit
errors that resulted in a free kick in the seventh minute.
Captain and midfielder, Jimmi Hemmenbach, found Paul Zydek
inside the area, and he, with a nice header, scored the early
Five minutes later, Hemmenbach dribbled
past two defenders right outside the area, driving the ball
to beat the goalkeeper
So far, the game was an exhibition for the
White Team. Things could have been even better after 25 minutes,
when fullback Michael
King, unattended, headed Kohei Tsukada’s well-executed
corner kick right at the goal. But it went just over the bar.
In the 32nd minute, HPU White managed to
increase the lead. After stealing the ball in the center of
the field, Hemmenbach
a counterattack, dribbling between two defenders, and finishing
a 45-yards run by beating the goalkeeper, scoring his second
goal of the game. With the comfort of a three-goal lead, the
White Team remained in control before halftime.
“We control the game,” Hemmenbach said at halftime. “We
put their defense under pressure and they got stressed and
were unable to do what
they’re good at: possess the ball and control the game. We just have
to maintain the pace and intensity in our game, then we will win,” Hemmenbach
The second half had barely started when
Mililani set the score to 3-1. The White Team lost the ball
on the midfield, which
allowed Mililani to start a
that resulted in a Mililani goal.
Despite a bad start of the second half, HPU
White continued to control the game, though with less intensity. In the 59th
minute, the score became 4-1. Left-midfielder Thomas Mellin received the
ball out on the wing and sent a brilliant cross to Adolf Gentil,
who finished with
a one-timer, without any chance for the Mililani goal-keeper. The game was
now pretty much decided. Ten minutes before the end, HPU White’s forward,
George Harry, made the score 5-1, beating the keeper in a one-on-one situation.
“We played well, as in the past four games where we
have scored 22 goals and only had one goal against us,” said
center fullback Paul Zydek.
HPU White is now ahead in their group, since Vaiete Premier
lost against Lanikai, Tuesday, by 7-1.
“It seems like we’re on track towards the play-offs,” Zydek