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Kadena’s Blair Kirk heads the ball against A.J. Host, left, and Jon Saffold of Yokota during Monday’s Far East tournament game.
Kadena’s Blair Kirk heads the ball against A.J. Host, left, and Jon Saffold of Yokota during Monday’s Far East tournament game. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)

CAMP ZAMA, Japan — The number 13 proved unlucky for the two-time defending Far East Class AA champion Kubasaki girls soccer team.

The Dragons of Okinawa had won 13 straight tournament games — dating to a 3-2 semifinal loss to Kadena in 2000 – but Nile C. Kinnick ended that streak in Monday’s round-robin action with a 1-0 victory.

The two-time Japan League champion Red Devils got the game’s only goal with two minutes left when Alexis Zukowski headed in a Robyn Hopp corner kick.

The header ended a match in which both sides pressed the attack, with many fastbreak opportunities. Red Devils goalkeeper Carol Tully stopped 20 shots.

It was one of two last-minute Kinnick victories Monday. Zukowski’s sister Frances tallied in the 56th minute as the Red Devils edged Yokota 2-1.

The close calls, Kinnick coach Nico Hindie said, reflect the talent in the round-robin pool, which includes Korea power Seoul American, Kubasaki, a Yokota team “that’s coming on strong” and an American School In Japan team that, while 0-2, can strike at any time.

“It’s a tough pool. You don’t get a break. You just never know. Anything can happen,” he said. “It’s a long week. There’s a lot of ball left.”

Kadena boys roll to 3-0

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Aaron and Zach Zendejas turned the first day of the boys Class AA soccer tournament into their personal stage.

Zach, a senior, scored four goals and assisted on three others and his sophomore brother, Aaron, added three tallies and a pair of assists as the defending champion Kadena Panthers of Okinawa opened with three victories.

The biggest win seemed to be the 3-0 victory over Yokota in a rematch of last year’s championship game, won by Kadena 2-1.

“I’ve been waiting all year for this,” said Aaron, who ran his goal total to eight this season, second-highest on the team behind Zach’s nine. “I know [Yokota] wanted us. We came prepared for them.”

Aaron got the party started by knocking a cross from John Richmond into the net in the 10th minute. Thirteen minutes later, it was Aaron’s turn to cross the ball, this time to Zach, who headed it in for a 2-0 lead.

Stopper Cole Maxey, moved up to center-midfield, capped the scoring by heading in a pass from Aaron for his first goal of the season.

“Good job by the team in the first game,” Kadena coach Sue Fitzpatrick said, praising Aaron’s effort. “He had a great game. He’s an excellent player. He could not wait for the tournament to start.”

Neither could Fitzpatrick, who wanted to see how much her eight tournament foes had changed.

“You always want to get that rematch, you want to see all the teams, what they’ve got and what kind of game they bring,” she said.

“They look every bit as strong as they were last year,” Yokota coach Tim Pujol said of Kadena. “Solid defense, good team speed. I’m impressed.”

One round-robin victory in a championship rematch does not guarantee a repeat title, Aaron Zendejas warned.

“It’s going to be a long week,” he said. “But I know we can do it. The guys have worked hard.”

Class A tournaments drenched

In contrast to the bright, beautiful sunshine that bathed Yokota and Camp Zama, torrential rain drenched the Class A boys tournaments at Camp Walker in Taegu and the Class A girls tournament at Camp Hialeah in Pusan, forcing one girls match to be postponed until Tuesday.

Last year’s boys runner-up Osan American survived a 2-1 encounter with Pusan American. Van Hauter scored off a Kevin Carver corner kick with two minutes left in conditions Hauter described as “horrible.”

“We were soaked. You can’t describe it,” Hauter said, adding the weather mirrored the snowy opening weekend of the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference season.

“It’s hard to control the ball, hard to move the ball around,” Carver said.

In Pusan, the Taejon Christian International vs. International Christian-Seoul girls match, the last match of the day, was pushed back to Tuesday after rain turned the Camp Hialeah field into a mud bath.

“It’s really bad here,” said junior center-midfielder Sharon Kroening of Osan.

Some teams tried to make the best of it. After Taegu American’s 1-0 win over Matthew C. Perry, players from both teams rolled around in the slop, tackling each other, even the coaches, leaving all partied mud-covered.

“It’s turning into a unique tournament,” said Pusan American coach and co-tournament organizer Gary Canner.

Tournament summaries

Girls Class A

Pool A

Monday's games

Osan 4, Perry 0

Osan 2 2—4

Perry 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Osan, Sharon Kroening 1 (7), Tariqka Sheffey 1 (5), Angeles Farrulla 1 (2), Alyssa Kopp 1 (2). Assists—Osan, Margaret Nurse 1, Elizabeth Juergens 1, Linda Kelly 1, Alyssa Kopp 1.

Osan 3, Int. Christian-Uijongbu 1

ICS-Uijongbu 0 1—1

Osan 2 1—3

Goal scorers—Osan, Tariqka Sheffey 2 (7), Alyssa Kopp 1 (3); ICS-Uijongbu, Christine Youn 1.

ICS-Uijongbu 2, Taegu American 1

ICS-Uijongbu 1 1—2

Taegu 1 0—1

Goal scorers—ICS-Uijongbu, Christine Youn 1, Rebecca Lambert 1; Taegu American, Danielle Brock 1 (8). Assist—Taegu, Andrea Paulson 1.

Pool B

Faith 10, Inter. Christian-Seoul 0

Faith 6 4—10

ICS-Seoul 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Faith, Becca Sanders 2, Leah Sanders 2, Tami Burke 2, Sari Stroud-Lusk 1, Hannah Rascher 1, Amanda Beck 1, Naomi Bogosian 1.

Pusan 4, Taejon Christian 0

Pusan 2 2—4

TCIS 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Pusan, Angie Vandersys 2 (7), Shea Lippert 1 (16), Brieanna Carroll 1 (25). Assists—Pusan, Brieanna Carroll 1, Hanna Gunnersrud 1.

Faith 2, Pusan 1

Faith 1 1—2

Pusan 1 0—1

Goal scorers—Faith, Becca Sanders 1, Sari Stroud-Lusk 1; Pusan, Brieanna Carroll 1 (26).

Girls Class AA

Pool A

At Camp Zama, Japan

Seoul American 3, Yokota 0

Seoul 0 3—3

Yokota 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Seoul, Amy Bakameyer 2 (23), Monika Padua 1 (14).

Seoul American 2, ASIJ 1

Seoul 2 0—2

ASIJ 1 0—1

Goal scorers—Seoul, Amy Bakameyer 2 (25); ASIJ, Lisa Weinbarger 1 (1).

Kinnick 1, Kubasaki 0

Kinnick 0 1—1

Kubasaki 0 0—0

Goal scorer—Kinnick, Alexis Zukowski 1 (18). Assist—Kinnick, Robyn Hopp 1.

Kinnick 2, Yokota 1

Kinnick 1 1—2

Yokota 1 0—1

Goal scorers—Kinnick, Alexis Zukowski 1 (19), Frances Zukowski 1 (4); Yokota, Bridgette Dean 1 (7).

Kubasaki 3, ASIJ 0

Kubasaki 2 1—3

ASIJ 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Kubasaki, Levinia Tyrrell 1 (5), Julie Davis 1 (5), Mary Jones 1 (3).

Pool B

Kadena 4, Guam 0

Kadena 2 2—4

Guam High 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Kadena, Jennifer Abel 2 (10), Dianne Abel 1 (29), Lauren Finfrock 1 (2). Assists—Kadena, Niki Kauzlarich 1.

Kadena 10, OCSI 0

Kadena 5 5—10

OCSI 0 0— 0

Goal scorers—Kadena, Katie LaGrave 3 (14), Dianne Abel 2 (31), Vanessa Williams 1 (17), Jennifer Abel 1 (10), Niki Kauzlarich 1 (6), Kim Lyle 1 (5), Felicia Reinert 1 (1). Assists—Kadena, Jennifer Abel 2, Vanessa Williams 2, Chelsea Plunkett 1.

Edgren 6, OCSI 0

Edgren 4 2—6

OCSI 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Edgren, Stephanie Patrick 2 (14), Stephanie Murphy 2 (7), Jessica Allibone 1 (14), Dee Page 1 (1). Assists—Edgren, Dee Page 1, Stephanie Patrick 1.

Zama 2, Edgren 0

Zama 1 1—2

Edgren 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Zama, Elyssa Warren 1 (3), Adri Legaspi 1 (1).

Guam 1, Zama 0

Guam 1 0—1

Zama 0 0—0

Goal scorer—Guam, Megan Silk 1.

Boys Class A

At Camp Walker and Camp George, South Korea

Monday

Taegu 8, Perry 1

Taegu 3 5—8

Perry 1 0—1

Goal scorers—Taegu, Henry John 4 (9), Kevin Done 2 (7), Brad Roh 1 (2), own goal; Perry, Charles Thompson 1 (1).

Osan 2, Pusan 1

Pusan 1 0—1

Osan 1 1—2

Goal scorers—Osan, Van Hauter 1 (9), Kevin Finch 1 (6); Pusan, Moses Joh 1 (5). Assist—Osan, Kevin Carver 1.

Seoul International 6, E.J. King 0

Seoul 2 4—6

King 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Seoul, Jin Hwan Kim 2 (3), John Hwang 1 (8), Daniel Lee 1 (4), Naydn Kim 1 (1), Alex Rhie 1 (1).

Taejon Christian 3, Taegu 1

TCIS 1 2—3

Taegu 1 0—1

Goal scorers—TCIS, Jesse Park 1 (17), Jason Ahn 1 (4), Joseph Oh 1 (5); Taegu, Ryan Kim 1 (2).

Boys Class AA

At Yokota Air Base, Japan

Kadena 3, Yokota 0

Kadena 3 0—3

Yokota 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Kadena, Aaron Zendejas 1 (6), Zach Zendejas 1 (6), Cole Maxey 1 (1). Assists—Kadena, Aaron Zendejas 2, John Richmond 1.

Kadena 4, Edgren 0

Kadena 2 2—4

Edgren 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Kadena, Zach Zendejas 2 (8), Aaron Zendejas 1 (7), Anthony Soroka 1 (5). Assists—Kadena, Zach Zendejas 2, Cole Maxey 1, Anthony Soroka 1.

Kadena 2, CAJ 0

Kadena 1 1—2

CAJ 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Kadena, Zach Zendejas 1 (9), Aaron Zendejas 1 (8). Assists—Kadena, Nathan LaGrave 1, Zach Zendejas 1.

Kinnick 9, Guam 0

Kinnick 1 8—9

Guam 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Kinnick, George Murray 4 (14), Ken Cardwell 2 (13), Richie Korth 2 (5), Michael Frantz 1 (2).

Kinnick 3, Kubasaki 1

Kinnick 2 1—3

Kubasaki 0 1—1

Goal scorers—Kinnick, Ken Cardwell 2 (15), George Murray 1 (15); Kubasaki, Nick Leemaster 1 (3). Assists—Kinnick, Ken Cardwell 1, Joey Wood 1, Kellen Otte 1.

Kubasaki 9, Guam 0

Kubasaki 3 6—9

Guam 0 0—0

Goal scorers—Kubasaki, Chris Monroy 2 (6), Hector Reyes 2 (4), James Reyes 1 (7), Nick Leemaster 1 (4), Edwin Fastnacht 1 (1), Miguel Brisono 1 (1), David Motu 1 (1). Assists—Kubasaki, James Tolentino 1, David Motu 1.

Kubasaki 2, Seoul American 1

Kubasaki 0 2—2

Seoul 1 0—1

Goal scorers—Kubasaki, Chris Monroy 1 (7), Daniel Ritter 1 (2); Seoul, Allen Chin 1 (4).

Seoul American 2, Zama 2, tie

Zama 1 1—2

Seoul 0 2—2

Goal scorers—Seoul, Jason Pak 1 (11), Phillippe Anglade 1 (6); Zama, Kevin Casey 2 (19). Assists—Zama, David Vest 2; Seoul, Daniel Kim 1.

CAJ 2, Edgren 0

CAJ 2 0—2

Edgren 0 0—0

Goal scorers—CAJ, Joni Yosypiw 1, Luke Cummings 1.

CAJ 1, Seoul American 0

CAJ 1 0—1

Seoul 0 0—0

Goal scorer—CAJ, David Kijima 1.

Yokota 2, Zama 1

Yokota 2 0—2

Zama 0 1—1

Goal scorers—Yokota, A.J. Host 1 (19), Jon Saffold 1 (6); Zama, Jon Gilgenast 1 (3). Assist—Yokota, Akira “A.J.” Host 1.

Yokota 2, Edgren 1

Yokota 1 1—2

Edgren 0 1—1

Goal scorers—Yokota, Stefan Welch 1 (5), Bronson Bailey 1 (4); Edgren, Daniel Sanchez 1 (8). Assist—Yokota, Jon Saffold 1.

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