Also returning to Division II
are Hawai‘i schools Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i,
Chaminade University, and University of Hawai‘i-Hilo.
Assistant Coach Scott Liedkte said: “It is good for Hawai‘i
to have soccer at the collegiate level again.”
The HPU soccer team is an international mix of players. The leading
goal scorer, Aki Adachi, is from Japan. Co-Captains Christian
Clemente and Christian Nilsson are from Sweden. The rest of the
team comprises local and mainland players.
Pearl City High School graduate and defender Michael King said, “The
diversity of the team’s players gives HPU a unique style
In previous years HPU men’s soccer competed in the MISO
(Men’s Island Soccer Organization) club level league. Several
of the players, including Max Anton, Michael DeCaires, and Matt
and James Terry were recruited from this league. For the first
time in many years, these local athletes make up a majority of
HPU’s soccer players.
Doyle believes that “having Division II soccer in Hawai‘i
has given many local players incentive to stay in Hawai‘i
for college.” He also believes that “collegiate-level
soccer can help players continue to play even after college.”
The Sea Warriors started the season with a 2-2 record and face
a difficult schedule. October 3-9, HPU faces some of its toughest
mainland opponents, playing five games in seven days and traveling
from California to Arizona.
Our mainland trip will give us an opportunity to demonstrate
why we have been working so hard,” said Gabe Sugar, mid-fielder
from Colorado. “It will give us a chance to put HPU soccer
on the map.”
The Sea Warriors season concludes at the end of October with
several difficult home games at Atherton field on the Hawai‘i
HPU soccer fan Brandon Ray said: “I really enjoy watching
HPU play. I hope that more students will cheer on the Sea Warriors.”