Senior striker and Kadena's boys soccer team hope to regain the Far East Division I title they last won in 2017. MARY OBSUNA/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
Senior striker and Kadena's boys soccer team hope to regain the Far East Division I title they last won in 2017. MARY OBSUNA/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Boys Soccer: Kadena gets a boost in time for championship

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – Kian Smith could not have felt worse about a victory.

The senior striker and his Kadena Panthers teammates had just beaten host Matthew C. Perry 2-1 to take fifth place in the Perry Cup tournament on March 23.

But Smith watched most of the second half on the bench, nursing an ankle fracture that would sideline him for 1½ months – and almost cost him a chance to play in the Far East Division I Tournament to close out his high school career.

“Very frustrating. It was a long six weeks,” Smith said. “The hardest part was watching my teammates and not being able to help them.”

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