The Black and Gold 1975
Tigers Add Finesse in Landing Third Straight OIA Soccer Title, Rate Second in State
Speed and agility made up for the Tiger's lack of height as the McKinley Soccer Team cut out an 11-1 record and captured the OIA Championship for the third consecutive year.
With many experienced foreign born players, the Tigers held a slight advantage over their opponents. They produced an excellent forward line and several tough defensive backs.
A 4-1 stomping of Kalani in the season opener forecasted the Tiger threat as they continued their victory trail to a 1-0 squeezer over Kaimuki for the title. Leilehua was the only team who succeeded in avenging a first round Tiger defeat handing McKinley their only loss.
The second seeded Tigers simply outmaneuvered the Buff and Blues in the State playoff game. McKinley's swiftness and expertise stymied Punahou as the Micks keyed in on two Pun errors.
Punahou dominated in the first few minutes of the semifinals match keeping the ball in McKinley territory. But a misjudged kick slipped through the Pun defense line and in for a score. A final goal in the second half sealed the Mick victory.
But the Tiger machine could not penetrate a strong Red Raider defense in the championship battle. Iolani concentrated on their defensive pressure while capitalizing on two Tiger errors to sew up their second state title.
McKinley dominated the OIA All Star team by landing fullback Hung Choe, halfback Kiun Kim and forwards Phi Ratanasamay and Wayne Kim. Ratanasamay was also the OIA's second leading scorer.
McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017