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Thursday, July 08, Today's Paper Junior Taylor Matas remembers last season as a series of golden opportunities that Hilo let get away. The Lady Vikings created plenty of scoring chances, only to misfire early and often during an uncharacteristic season. Most of all, however, Matas remembers last season for its painful and premature ending.
Think about how you felt when you did lose. I bet none of you ever want to feel that way again. It came to the point where they burst into tears. All we have to do is work together and we got this. My personal motto is: We got this. There appears to be plenty of reason for optimism as Hilo gets ready to start that pursuit.
It returns nine starters, welcomes back one key player from injury and adds two transfers. In addition, Bello is excited about his three freshmen. And as usual, few teams prepare for a season quite like the Vikings.
After their annual retreat, Hilo got its feet wet with three preseason matches on Kauai. The Vikings will continue to fine-tune at 4 p. In all, Hilo will play 10 preseason matches leading up to its Nov. Lack of scoring punch was the primary reason that the Vikings failed to beat a team with a winning record last season. They scored 13 fewer goals in than they did in , and they found the back of the net only three times in four matches against fellow D-I heavyweights Kealakehe, Konawaena and Waiakea.
Not surprisingly, Bello and the Vikings are treating the preseason as a finishing school of sorts. Believe in the person next to them and good things will happen. They just have to finish. This year we fully intend to take advantage of every chance we get. Senior Rose Nakamura has shown a knack for finishing since her freshman year. She tallied 13 goals last season and has 37 for her career. Matas was second on the team last season with seven goals at forward but could move to the midfield this year.
Junior Delcee Ramos will be in the mix at that position as well, and speedy senior Taylor Pacheco is a candidate to start at either center midfield or striker. Senior Kiana Heaukulani, who started and scored six points in , returns after missing last season with an ACL injury and could play either at midfield or fullback. The Vikings will get a boost from a couple of transfers. Bello thinks all three of his freshmen Jasmine Smeraglia, Michaela Clarke, and Tori Teanio could see playing time, and he expects the younger Teanio to develop into an impact player.
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