Class of 2007 - College Commitments (Posted: 2/25/2007)
The Leahi Soccer Club of Honolulu, Hawaii is pleased to announce the college commitments of several of it's members. Stockton California will be "home" for 4 Leahi standouts. Leading the way will be Kamehameha's 2 time All ILH First Team Defender Kylee Ah Choy. Joining Ah Choy at the University of the Pacific will be Samantha Teramae of Iolani, Natalie Wong of Mililani High School and Chyanne Alejado of Kapolei High. Teramae terrorized ILH defenses for 4 years as she was always a threat for Iolani School. Wong was a stalwart in the Mililani Trojan midfield and was a danger from anywhere on the field with her long range, and highly accurate shooting. Alejado helped lead a young Kapolei High School team to their first Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) title and the championship game of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association's State Tournament. Ah Choy and Teramae are members of the 4 time HYSA State Cup Champion Leahi 89 Premier team. Wong and Alejado play with the 3 time champion Leahi 90 Premier team.
The University of Hawaii Hilo also got commitments from more than one Leahi player. Vanessa Butin and Carisa Calpo, both of Leahi 89 Premier will be headed to Hilo. Butin lead Moanalua High School in goals as a forward, but is versatile enough to play in the midfield or as a defender. Carisa Calpo had 8 goals during the season as one of Pearl City High's central midfielders. She is more than solid at left back or outside midfield for the 89 Premier team. Joining Butin and Calpo at UH Hilo will be Cherise Lee, a standout midfielder for Kailua High School. Also transferring to Hilo in the Fall will be fellow Kailua Surfrider Kealoha "Hea" Kane and Pearl City High graduate Kellie Sakanoi.
As a Junior, Stephanie Yoro was named OIA West Player of Year and was elected to the Honolulu Advertiser's All State Team. That, along with an impressive showing at the Las Vegas College Showcase was enough for the Fresno State University Bulldogs to know, they wanted her. Yoro provides a physical presence up top or in the midfield and is able to hold off defenders. Behind her powerful shots, Yoro again led the Mililani Trojan offense in goals scored during her senior campaign.
Nicole Ha has been a constant in the Iolani midfield for 4 years. Next year, she will challenge for a starting position in the midfield at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles. LMU plays in the highly competitive West Coast Conference with national powers Santa Clara and University of Portland. Anyone that knows Nickey, knows not to count her out. Ha, as well as Yoro are also members of Leahi 89 Premier.
Chelsea Deptula of Punahou and Mari Punzal of Kamehameha have committed to the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Deptula's athleticism allows her to play anywhere on the field, while Punzal's dynamic play in the midfield or at forward make her a constant threat. Both are expected to compete for starting positions as freshmen for the Wahine. Deptula plays on the 89 Premier while Punzal competes with the 90 Premier.
Two other Punahou seniors have also made their decisions. Midfielder/Forward Marisa Schoen will take her talents to the Ivy League as she will attend the University of Pennsylvania, while speedy Kim Culver will compete on the other side of the country at Cal State Northridge.
Finally, Kamehameha forward Jennifer Eugenio and Hanalani (Pac-5) forward/midfielder Melissa Canite will attend the University of Idaho in the Fall. Both Eugenio and Canite play on the Leahi 90 Premier team.
Leahi Soccer Club is proud of all members of the Class of 2007. Several other Leahi seniors have not yet made their final college decisions. A follow up release will be posted when that information is available.