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Hilo High soccer team's uniforms stolen, knocked out of state playoffs

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Things went from bad to worse for the Hilo High boys soccer team during their short time on Oahu.

The Vikings traveled to Honolulu for the State Tournament this past week and hoped to return to the Big Island as champions.

Instead, Hilo left not only sans trophy, but they also departed their neighbor isle without their uniforms.

Set to face the Kapolei Hurricanes in the first round of the tournament, the Vikings spent their morning relaxing at the Pearlridge Mall.

While the team was eating lunch inside the shopping center, their rental van was broken into.

Thieves stole over $1000 worth of equipment. Items taken included cleats, uniforms, shin guards and personal belongings.

When game time finally arrived, Hilo players donned practice jerseys and were forced to share shin guards.

Despite showing great perseverance in the face of adversity the Hurricanes proved too powerful. Kapolei defeated the Vikings in dominant fashion, 6-1.

Not blaming their loss on the theft, Hilo High Head Coach George Ichimaru says game time circumstances were far less than ideal and could have played a small role in the outcome.

"The theft slightly affected I think the player's mentality prior to the game. Cuz you know their worried in the back of their mind..well I don't have my shoes, the uniform that was mine was handed to me. I don't have anything" said Ichimaru.

As the Hurricanes move on to face the number one seeded Iolani, Hilo heads home with a lighter load and new found motivation to rebound in the off-season.

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