Soccer club prepares players to compete at the highest level
LAHAINA – Na Koa boys soccer club was established in 2010 by David Rockett and Deidre Ruiz-Rockett with the goal to compete in club competition at the highest levels on Maui and in statewide leagues and tournaments. Mission accomplished!
The Rockett father-daughter coaching team, assisted by Jose Sanchez and Renata Rodriguez this season, has also led the Na Honu girls soccer team to field teams to compete in Hawaii Youth Soccer Association (HYSA) leagues.
The Na Koa U10B team finished the regular season tied for first place with a 6-1-1 record to qualify for a four-team playoff last Saturday in Wailuku at Keopuolani Park, while the U12B team had sole possession of the top spot in their division and played the second place team for the league championship last week at Luana Gardens.
The Na Koa U10 roster includes Hoku Arnold, Asher Becker, Noah Caiserman, Kaohohi Casco, Emmanuele Collins, Kaikane Herrera Rocha, Leo McKuin, Guiness Xavier Ruiz-Rockett, Christopher Salem, Domenic Stabile Myers, Lehia Tihada and Shane Ueki.
The U12 lineup is made up of Kyle Abut, Kailineheikekai Casco, Mathias Collins, Anetello Flores, Shaun Kana, Tayden Medeiros Maielua, Mike Rodriguez, Brasil Ruiz-Rockett, Kekainalu Sanchez, Isidoro Solano Cardenas, Sage Steelman, Fetuufoou Taukeiaho, Anthony Viloria and Paani Paul Yap.
“We’ve received great help from Jose (Sanchez), an accomplished player in his own right, with field play, and Renata (Rodriguez) has been terrific with our goalkeepers,” said Coach Dave, himself a certified “B” license coach (Deidre has a “D” coaching qualification).
“We’ve been practicing three times a week (at the Lahaina Recreation Center back field) throughout our participation in the three leagues, including the HSF, Upcountry, and Ohana leagues. They all take place on the other side, so we are really grateful to the parents for helping with the transportation and general support for the kids.”
Next up for the Na Koa and Na Honu clubs will be the Maui Futsal League – indoor soccer played with five players per side – that will take place in the spring.
“It is a very exciting game and is really fast-paced. It is a good way for the players to hone their skills, because it is so fast and plays occur very quickly,” said Rockett.