HHSAA girls soccer tournament: Whalen, Lions roar into quarterfinals

  • RICK WINTERS/West Hawaii Today
    Makua Lani Katrina Whalen.

Makua Lani’s Katrina Whalen was one half from enduring a lost senior season.

Then she won an argument with her coach, giving her and the Lions at least two more halves to play with.

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Whalen, playing just her second match of the year because of a concussion, provided her team with a much-needed spark and the go-ahead goal Wednesday, lifting Makua Lani past Radford 2-1 at the HHSAA Division II girls soccer tournament at Oahu’s Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park.

“She’s such a difference-maker,” coach Riley Alcos said. “The whole team rallied around her, which was great to see.”

While BIIF champion Kamehameha received a bye and runner-up Hawaii Prep got a unexpected one as well after Nanakuli forfeited its first-round match, the third-place Lions (5-9-1) put in work, also getting a goal from Halle Nottage to advance to the state quarterfinals for the third consecutive season.

It’s not easy, Alcos said.

“It’s always hard getting up a 6 a.m., getting to the airport, landing at around 10 and getting lunch and getting to the field,” he said. “Today, we had chance after chance. Halle had three, Lizzie (Evans) had two, but it must have been tired legs, because the girls are so good at putting away balls.”

Locked in a 1-1 tie at halftime, Whalen went to Alcos and she said she was ready to see the pitch after not having played since Dec. 6 against Hilo.

“Her dad gave her the go-ahead to play, but I didn’t know,” Alcos said. “Then she said to me, ‘I can play, I feel all right. If we lose, this is it.’

“She’s a senior. That sold me.”

And that was that.

In the 74th minute, Whalen took the ball down the left side and sent a cross that didn’t connect with a teammate in the center, but Nottage sent it back from the other side, and the ball found the foot of Whalen for the game-winner.

After vanquishing the OIA Rams (4-8-1), Makua Lani faces its nemesis, Kapaa (10-1-1) at 3 p.m. Thursday. The Kauai champions have eliminated the Lions in the quarterfinal round the past two seasons, winning 2-0 and 2-1.

“The girls are hungry,” Alcos said. ‘They just want to beat them. They are our rival, and we really want to get them back.”

In another 3 p.m. quarterfinal, top-seeded Kamehameha (10-4) faces Leilehua, which beat Le Jardin 1-0 on Wednesday.

Ka Makani, meanwhile got the bye it became accustomed to in ruling the BIIF from 2010-17 when Nanakuli pulled out of the tournament because of a lack of players. HPA (11-2), the four-time state champion, faces third-seeded Sacred Hearts, the ILH champion, in the quarters.

In Division I, BIIF champion Hilo (11-1-1), the third seed, looks to finally get over the hump in the quarterfinals, taking on Iolani at the main stadium.

Division I

Monday

First round

Pearl City 4, Konawaena 1

KS-Maui 1, Waipahu 0

Moanalua at Iolani, ppd

Kaiser 1, Aiea 0

Tuesday

Iolani 1, Moanalua 0, penalty kicks

At Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex, Oahu

Thursday

Quarterfinals

No. 4 King Kekaulike vs. Kaiser, 1 p.m.

No. 3 Hilo vs Iolani, 3 p.m.

No. 2 Mililano vs. KS-Maui, 5 p.m.

No. 1 KS-Kapalama vs. Pearl City, 7 p.m.

Friday

Semifinals

Hilo-Iolani winner vs. No. 2 Mililani-KS-Maui winner, 5 p.m.

No. 1 KS-Kapalama-Pearl City winner vs. King Kekaulike-Kaiser winner, 7 p.m.

Consolation

Hilo-Iolani loser vs. No. 2 Mililani-KS-Maui loser, 3 p.m.

No. 1 KS-Kapalama-Pearl City loser vs. King Kekaulike-Kaiser loser, 3 p.m.

Saturday

Championship

Semifnal winners, 7 p.m.

Third place

Semifinal losers, 3 p.m.

Fifth place

Friday’s consolation winners, 3 p.m.

Division II

Wednesday

First round

Hawaii Prep def. Nanakuli, forfeit

Makua Lani 2, Radford 1

Kauai 3, Seabury Hall 0

Leilehua 1, Le Jardin 0

Thursday

Quarterfinals

No. 1 Kamehameha-Hawaii vs. Leilehua winner, 3 p.m.

No. 2 Kapaa vs. Makua Lani, 3 p.m.

No. 3 Sacred Hearts vs. Hawaii Prep, 3 p.m.

No. 4 Kailua vs. Kauai, 3 p.m.

Consolation

Le Jardin vs. Seabury Hall, 1 p.m.

Friday

Semifinals

Kapaa-Makua Lani winner vs. Sacred Hearts-Hawaii Prep winner, 1 p.m.

Kamehameha-Hawaii-Leilehua winner vs. Kailua-Kauai winner, 3 p.m.

Consolation

Kapaa-Makua Lani loser vs. Sacred Hearts-Hawaii Prep loser, 1 p.m.

Kamehameha-HawaiiLeilehua loser vs. Kailua-Kauai loser, 3 p.m.

Saturday

Championship

Semifinal winners, 5 p.m.

Third place

Semifinal losers, 3 p.m.

Fifth place

Friday’s consolation winners, 3 p.m.

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Seventh place

Radford vs. Le Jardin-Seabury Hall loser, 3 p.m.