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by Kaylee Noborikawa, Sports editor
In heated matches, Latin Jesus took on the Natural-born Vikings, while Borat International battled Tutti Frutti.

Despite the unusual names, these were some of the teams competing in the Fifth Annual HPU Soccer Cup held at the Hawai‘i Loa campus April 14.

An estimated 90 players arrived at the Atherton soccer fields Saturday morning to compete in the 10-team tournament, which started at 9 a.m. and ran till 5 p.m.

The tournament format began with two pools of five teams playing 20-minute elimination games. The lowest-scoring teams were eliminated, and the remaining teams played 30-minute quarter-final, semi-final, and final matches. Teams were given free pizza and drinks throughout the day, courtesy of the German Student Association, which hosted the event.

“ Last year it was more aggressive,” said Ecki Ruetz, vice president of GSA, “but it was pretty cool this year.”

Although it was an intense competition, the teams remained in good spirits and showed sportsmanship throughout the day.

Following tough quarter-final play, team Latin Jesus lost in the semifinal round, but ended up winning third place and won Jamba Juice gift cards in the shootout.

Teams Red, White, and Blue for You and the Graduate Student Organization made it into the final match. With several HPU varsity athletes on each team, it was a competitive game. However, team GSO’s offense dominated the field and routed team Red, White, and Blue for You in an 8-4 victory.

The second place team earned Starbucks gift cards, while the 2007 Soccer Cup champions received a gift certificate to Smorgy’s restaurant in Waikiki. The top three teams all received individual medals.

Although this is the tournament’s fifth year, it was the first time Ruetz and event coordinators Leone Blum and Anita Mayer had been charged with organizing it. They were happy with the outcome.
“ I think it turned out all right,” said Ruetz. “But I’m glad it’s over.”


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