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White wins, moves closer to playoffs

by Kalamalama staff


The HPU White soccer team continues to dominate in the Hawaiian MISO-league. On Oct. 30, at Waipio Soccer Field, it managed a thoroughly deserved 5-1 victory against Mililani Soccer Club, taking a big step towards the playoffs.  


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 breakthrough.

Five minutes later, Hemmenbach dribbled past two defenders right outside the area, driving the ball to beat the goalkeeper easily.

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 staged 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 added.

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 counterattack 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 said.



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