Kona native leads Grand Canyon into NCAA tourney

Esai Easley

Esai Easley was named Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year for Grand Canyon, which opens play today at the NCAA Division I soccer tournament. (Grand Canyon photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Esai Easley chose competitive soccer over surfing at the age of 10, and it wasn’t long until the Kailua-Kona youngster went all in.