Last Tuesday, February 26, the ‘Iolani Girls Varsity I Water Polo team challenged the Kamehameha Warriors in what was expected to be a thrilling first game of the season. The air was frigid at the Kapalama campus, but the competition was heated between the ILH division rivals. Ultimately, the reigning HHSAA Champion Runner-Up Warriors would assert their dominance over the game, winning 10-2 to give the Raiders their first blowout loss of the season.
Kamehameha came out of the gate with high energy, scoring two goals right away. Lily Nell ’21 of ‘Iolani put up a nice block to keep the lead from extending to three, but the Warriors still held control after the Raiders couldn’t get a good shot on goal. The second quarter was strong for the Warriors, scoring within seconds of the whistle. They followed up with two more relatively fast scores, putting ‘Iolani in a very deep five goal deficit. May Kamaka ’20 quickly erased the zero on the Raider’s board, scoring the first goal of the game with under a minute to play. Kamehameha answered within thirty seconds, scoring on their next possession. The score at the half showed a very lopsided 6-1 in favor of the Warriors.
Kamaka came back hard in the second half, scoring a quick goal that temporarily disabled the Warriors’ offense. Kamehameha bounced back though, scoring back to back scores off a steal and a possession. After some close shots by the ‘Iolani offense, the Raiders still couldn’t manage to lay one into the net. The score after the third quarter read 8-2, Warriors, not giving much hope for a Raider comeback. Two final Warrior goals in the fourth sealed the deal for a final score of 10-2, Kamehameha. Even though the outcome was disappointing, the Raiders still seemed optimistic afterward, understanding that it is still early in the season. The Raiders still have time to recover and learn from their mistakes in order to become a better team. For now, they congratulated Kamehameha and shook hands, getting passed a season opener defeat.