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by Preston Sims, News Writing

 

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 of play.”

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 Loa campus.

HPU soccer fan Brandon Ray said: “I really enjoy watching HPU play. I hope that more students will cheer on the Sea Warriors.”
 

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