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Exclusive Interview with Boy’s Varsity Soccer Team Captain

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On January 31, 2017, the ‘Iolani boys varsity soccer team captured the Interscholastic League of Honolulu championship. One of the major contributors of the game was ‘Iolani’s junior, Alex Liu, who scored the last penalty kick to clinch the win.

1.How did it feel being one of the captains?

Being a captain was definitely a privilege. Alongside, the other captains, I thought we provided a strong foundation for the team and helped keep everyone on the same page. Having been one of the younger players on the team in the past (I have been apart of this team since freshman year), it was very gratifying being able to be a leader this year and have a greater impact on our success.

2. What is your favorite memory from this season?

It has to be winning ILH against Punahou on their home field. Easily one of the most entertaining and competitive games I’ve played these past three years. Being able to top off such a season with a league title is a great tribute to all the hard work we’ve put in this season

3. How did this year compare to your other years on D1?

This season I felt a lot closer to all my teammates in general. On and off the field, we had great chemistry. It wasn’t like previous years where I felt like I was just playing with guys from my school. I felt like I was playing alongside a group of brothers

4.What are some challenges that you and your team faced?

Last season we lost over 10 seniors, half of which were starting players. I think the lack of experience from most of the boys that got pulled up was our biggest challenge, but we handled it well. Everybody became well-acquainted with each other early on and we’ve continued to progress forward over the last couple of months.

5.Any traditions?

We usually do some sort of team bonding some time during the season. Youngest player(s) get water duty. I had that job for 2 years and I can safely say it’s trash.

6. How did it feel winning the ILH championship game?

The last time we won ILH champs was my freshman year (2015). All the hard work, all the days of conditioning and all those meticulous technical drills we ran through during the season payed off. Not to mention we beat them on their home field! This was the first time (at least in a while) that a playoff game was needed to determine the league champions, so the game was intense. Definitely one of the most gratifying victories I’ve ever had in my career.

7. What is your team’s plan for tackling the state tournament?

Leading up to the state tournament, I think the most important thing is that we keep our heads. Sure we won ILH, but that’s just one step forward toward a greater goal. At the end of the day, every team in the state tournament is good technically. It’s gonna come down to who has the most heart, and if that’s the case, there’s no doubt in my mind my teammates and I have the potential to succeed.

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