Mililani's Sasha Moscatello
(Fri) December 18, 2009
Edward Jackson (OIA Contributing Writer)
The Mililani girls soccer team is undefeated thus far this season thanks to great performances by center mid-fielder Sasha Moscatello. The main objective of the team is to win a state championship says the team captain. “We’re really been playing great. Overall, I believe our team chemistry, work ethics and the maturity of our seniors gives us an excellent chance of going all the way. Hopefully our momentum will continue on into states,” said Moscatello, a senior.
“My teammates and I have a vision of winning it all. But we know we will have to work for it. Every year since I’ve been playing for Mililani we have come so close to winning states. I know that winning a state title will definitely be a challenge because a lot of other teams have gotten better as well,” Moscatello added.
Over the last two seasons, Mililani has reached the semifinals of the division 1 state championships only to lose both times to the eventual winner of the tourney.. “Despite losing (in the state tourney) I must say that the experience of playing at that level has been a positive in that our team has learned so much. We now have a greater awareness of what we need to do to win big games,” Moscatello explained
Mililani coach Ray Akiona said he feels thankful to have players on his team who are willing to work hard. “We have a great team of girls who put forth all of their energy to win.” In addition to Moscatello, Mililani returns Chelsea Miyake, Mari Miyashiro and a very valuable goal keeper in Rosie Nakata.
The 17-year-old feels her experiences of playing for the elite Leahi Soccer Club during the past three summers has been a benefit. On that team she is joined by players in her age group from around the island of Oahu to form an honorable competitive team known for consistently placing high in tournaments held throughout western coastal states and Texas.
“When we go to these tournaments we play against teams from all over. Playing in these tournaments is really exciting. The Hawaii girls compete so much better during the summer because we have extra time to focus on training,” Moscatello said. “Most of the time Hawaii competes at a disadvantage,” recalled Moscatello. “But we usually are able to step up our level of play and win the majority of our games.”
Moscatello, daughter of Joseph and Karen Moscatello, indicated she would like to study sports medicine, physical therapy and nutrition at the University of the Pacific by way of a combined soccer and academic scholarship. “When we play in these tournaments we get a chance to showcase our skills to college coaches from around the country. That gives me extra incentive to play well because I know that getting a scholarship will depend on how well I perform,” Moscatello noted.