Coach Scott Liedtke was satisfied with the Green
team’s performance, especially as the group consisted of
new players. “The camaraderie and cohesiveness of the group
have been a winning concept,” he added.
Liedtke also pointed out that improvements could be made on
the offensive half of the field. “I don’t think we need
other players; we just have to try to be more creative,” Liedtke
The HPU White team had a rough season start. Scoring only five
points in the first four games caused concern. However, after
a change in organization, the White team started to roll. In
the playoff semifinals, the White and Green team played, respectively,
Latin Hawai‘i and Lanikai Tuesday. The Green team had
played Lanikai Tuesday twice during the regular season, tying
losing one. So everyone knew that winning was not going to
After an early opening goal by Lanikai Tuesday, the Green team
tried to create opportunities to score a goal, but was disappointed.
Late in the game, on a counterattack, Lanikai Tuesday managed
to score its second goal. That became the final result of the
game, leaving the Green team outside the championship final.
The White team beat Latin Hawai‘i 7-0 during the regular
season. However, this game was going to be completely different.
Latin Hawai‘i shocked the White team by scoring the opening
goal halfway through the first half. The response was quick
though. Five minutes later, with a precise shot, Thomas Mellin
In the second half, both teams were looking for the advantage.
It came with 20 minutes left to play. Cristian Clemente dribbled
past his defender, who brought him down inside the penalty
area. The referee didn’t hesitate but pointed immediately
to the penalty spot. HPU White captain, Jimmi Hemmenbach, executed
the penalty kick accurately, giving the White team the 2-1
and the final score. HPU White qualified for the championship
final against Lanikai Tuesday.
The final game was almost a copy of the one between Lanikai
and the Green team. Lanikai Tuesday scored the opening goal
freekick. After that, Lanikai backed home with its team and
leave any space for the HPU White. The White team never succeeded
in breaking through Lanikai’s tall strong defense. In the
second half, the White team tried to create opportunities to
score, but as usual when a team does that, it’s open
to counterattacks. Lanikai Tuesday managed to score three more
during the last 20 minutes of the game, setting the final score
at 4-0. The result was extremely disappointing for the HPU
Anthony Giralmo and Iovo Stefanov from HPU Green, and Cristian
Clemente, Paul Zydek, Adolfo Gentil, Jimmi Hemmenbach, and
Michael King were all chosen for the two MISO All-Star teams.
Jimmi Hemmenbach was the MISO-leagues leading scorer (19 goals)
and was also chosen MVP together with Lanikai Tuesday’s
goalkeeper, Josh Fouts.