HPU’s rivals are Leahi and the Bulls.
Leahi took the league championship in 2003 and 2004.
We’re better prepared this year. We have quality players.
We have some good additions and strong returning players,” said
senior co-captain Miko Hoy.
HPU’s team was in the NCAA Division II league from 1998-2000.
It dropped to club status because other schools dropped out of
the Pac West Conference. The team is hoping to someday return
to playing Division II soccer, but the situation looks grim for
The other schools have to pick it up,” said Kane.
Right now three more teams must commit in order to form a league.
Despite repeated disappointment, Kane continues to hope that
BYU-Hawai‘i and Chaminade will develop a women’s
HPU defeated UH-Hilo 5-0 in a preseason match at the windward
campus on March 6. Their next game is against Bulls Black on
April 10, 2 p.m. at Waipi‘o Soccer Complex.
The HPU soccer team stands out in the league for various reasons.
It is the only school team entered in the league and one of
the few teams that have a coach. And all its expenses are paid
the school, and most players are supported with scholarships.
The school gives our team a lot of advantages,” said Kane. “We
are lucky to have practice facilities. We are also one of the
only teams that practice on a regular basis.”
This spring, the HPU women’s soccer program has one team
with a roster so full that some players aren’t able to
play. Kane hopes that more girls turn out for fall tryouts so
two teams can be entered in the league. Kane needs 15 more players
to have enough for two teams.
Newly enrolled students selected for the team are offered
scholarships that cover 50 percent of tuition each year.
should contact Kane at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to coming to the
school to make the process easier.
Kane also welcomes players to work out with the team at practices
on the windward campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to
7 p.m. The team has 10 games this season and game days are
Jasmine Stevenson enjoys the game and is grateful for the
many friends she has made on the team. The players feel they
lucky to have the opportunity to continue playing soccer
while many other high school graduates don’t have that
I play to stay in shape and because it’s fun. I also get
to play soccer with my friends,” said Kori Yasumura.
[The scholarship] has helped a lot,” said Kristin Cabebe. “If
I didn’t have this scholarship I wouldn’t be going
to HPU. My mom really likes it because she doesn’t have
to pay as much.”
The team does volunteer work and puts on soccer clinics
in the community two to three times a year. They also
week-long clinic at Seabury Hall on Maui every summer
in June for children
I keep going back because of the kids. It’s like I’m
being a role model to them and making a difference in their soccer
experience,” said senior Desiree Santana. “I love
the feeling I get when I’m helping them and knowing that
they enjoy it and they want to come back next year.”