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Wahine outplayed by USF

By Brian McInnis on September 16, 2018

The shots piled up in a hurry. For a while, goalkeeper Lex Mata was right there every time to make the stop. The fourth-year junior put together one of her finest games in saving a career-high 12 shots at San Francisco on Sunday, but an overwhelming 26-4 shots advantage by the Dons took its toll in a 2-0 victory by the hosts. The West Coast Conference team (7-3) had the run of play throughout in remaining unbeaten at Negoesco Stadium, […]

Wahine, Wolf Pack draw 1-1

By Brian McInnis on September 13, 2018

A hard-fought game at Nevada’s Mackay Stadium resulted in a 1-1 double-overtime draw between Hawaii and the UNR Wolf Pack on Thursday night. Both teams had their chances to win it in overtime. For UH, Raisa Strom-Okimoto had a couple of breakaway shots go just wide. UH moved to 3-2-1 on the nonconference season, while Nevada of the Mountain West went to 3-2-2. UH remained unbeaten in overtime games through last season, at 5-0-2. Tempers began to flare once UH […]

Wahine look to extend road success

By Brian McInnis on September 12, 2018

Leialoha Medeiros, a Maui native, wasn’t too worried about Tropical Storm Olivia earlier this week. The Hawaii soccer team had plenty of its own concerns heading into its last nonconference road trip of the season. The Rainbow Wahine are coming off a home loss to Division II powerhouse UC San Diego (but a Division II team nonetheless). “Living in Hawaii my whole life, hurricanes … tsunamis, it’s always been a normal thing for us,” said Medeiros, whose family lives in […]

UC San Diego proves its Big West worth

By Brian McInnis on September 7, 2018

UC San Diego might as well have shouted “Put me in, Coach!” on Friday night at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. The Division II Tritons fully looked the part of a Division I member of the Big West Conference — their destiny in two years — in a 2-1 win over Hawaii, in which the visitors came out like gangbusters and turned back several choice UH shots in the second half. Coming into Friday, the only time UH lost to a non-Division I […]

Can Wahine make it 4 straight?

By Brian McInnis on September 6, 2018

Losses can teach you a lot. Since losing its season opener to nationally ranked Texas A&M in lopsided fashion, a young Hawaii soccer team has figured out how to pick up tips and tricks during wins, too. UH (3-1), which has started six freshmen at times this season, goes for its fourth straight win at 7 p.m. Friday vs. future Big West opponent UC San Diego at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. Never mind the fact that the Tritons (2-0-1) are […]

A rare double feature of BWC honors

By Brian McInnis on September 3, 2018

As the Big West women’s soccer Twitter account put it — “DOUBLE RAINBOW”. Raisa Strom-Okimoto and Lex Mata were named the Big West offensive and defensive players of the week today for their roles in helping Hawaii to a sweep of its two-game West Coast Conference road swing. UH came back to win 2-1 at Saint Mary’s in overtime on Thursday then blew past Pacific 5-0 on Sunday. It marked only the second time in UH’s seven-year history in the BWC […]

Rainbow Wahine trounce Pacific

By Brian McInnis on September 2, 2018

Well, that was emphatic. On the heels of the UH football team’s big 59-41 win over Navy at Aloha Stadium, the Hawaii soccer team earned a rare road runaway victory on Sunday, as they rolled into Stockton, Calif., and ransacked the place to the tune of a 5-0 win over Pacific of the West Coast Conference. UH (3-1) picked up its third straight win, and second after it had two home games canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Lane. […]

Soccer comes back to beat Saint Mary’s

By Brian McInnis on August 30, 2018

UPDATE: In the wake of a long layoff caused by Hurricane Lane, the Hawaii soccer team pulled off an impressive comeback 2-1 victory at Saint Mary’s of the West Coast Conference today. UH stormed back from a goal down with four minutes left in regulation in Moraga, and Raisa Strom-Okimoto scored on a counterattack and 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper to equalize it 1-1 in the 87th minute. Then, in overtime, Strom-Okimoto launched a corner kick that caused a scrum in […]