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Lady Luna soccer team looking to move up the standings

By Staff | Jan 15, 2015

The team includes (from left): front — Raybeka Sinenci, Princess Valdez, Maya Ryan, Nicole Aceret, Elizabeth Gonzalez and Summer Lopez; back row — Coach Peter Lopez, Natalie Brown, Mihana Ho, Jessica Miske and Coach Jeremy Delos Reyes.

LAHAINA – For second-year Lahainaluna High School girls soccer coach Jeremy Delos Reyes, it is all about developing a positive, winning mindset for the student athletes in his charge. He seems to be on the right track as the Maui Interscholastic League season nears the halfway point.

The Lady Lunas are now 2-4 and finished the 2014 campaign near the bottom of the MIL standings with a 4-8 record.

They are looking to move up the ladder this season.

“It will be a tough go, but it’s been an interesting season so far with some interesting scores, and it looks to be up for grabs at this point in the season,” said Coach Jeremy, who is assisted by Peter Lopez and Earl Thompson this year.

“Obviously, we want to move up in the standings and improve upon last season. We have only 13 girls on the roster – and three of them are first-time players – so we’re inexperienced.”

“We have been playing better as a unit, and the team mindset is growing in the right direction,” he continued to say.

“We have some very strong players, and the knowledge of the game is improving and we are getting better mentally and physically.”

Among those leading players for the Lady Lunas are senior captains Summer Lopez and Elizabeth Gonzalez, junior captain Jessica Miske, as well as senior returnees Raybeka Sinenci, Nicole Aceret and Shaina Saribay.

Other returning players include junior Mikino Kumagai and sophomores Maya Ryan, Tavi Viela and Kiana Rivera.

Rounding out the roster are senior Princess Valdez, junior Brittney Morgan and first-year players Natalie Brown and Mihana Ho.

“We just need to be keenly aware of taking advantage of the scoring opportunities we get,” said Coach Jeremy.

“And, as I said before, the mindset is improving and we are playing better as a team, and the girls are building a strong, positive mindset. The kids are starting to be exposed to this at the youth level, but we need more facilities for them.

“We really appreciate everybody that works in the youth soccer community, because without them sparking the interest in the game at the early ages, the high school program would be limited. Thank you to all the coaches and the parents for the support you give to youth soccer here on the West Side,” he concluded.