Boys’ Soccer competes in Honolulu

IMG_9381mThe HS Boys’ Soccer Team was again invited to play in the Moanalua High School Invitational Classic soccer tournament on the island of Oahu during this past Thanksgiving break. The tournament not only included the Hawaii independent and public school powerhouses Punahou, Kamehameha, and Mililani, but also our traditional Kanto Plains rivals, St. Mary’s and YIS. As always, travelling and playing in a different environment provided unique challenges to the team such as dealing with time zone changes, different field conditions, and different styles of play, but the ASIJ Mustangs played with much spirit and determination. The training our goalkeepers had with alumnus Bryan Yonamine ’10 paid off as his younger brother, John, stopped an improbable three penalty kicks during a penalty kick shootout to secure a win for the Mustangs. Bryan, who is a Division 1 goalkeeper for Santa Clara University, worked with the team in Hawaii. The hosting coach was so impressed with the skill level and athleticism of the Mustang soccer players that he felt we really deserved to advance to the later rounds. Unfortunately, the ball didn’t bounce the Mustang’s way, but the players left with great memories, cultivated new friendships, and developed a strong team bond that will help carry them through the rest of the season. The players represented themselves and ASIJ with outstanding fashion, and the organizers again invited ASIJ back to participate in the tournament on an annual basis. (Peter Vergel, Soccer Coach)