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Wahine basketball, soccer teams fill positions

By Brian McInnis on April 19, 2018

Until last season, when he decided to relocate to the mainland, assistant coach Alex Delanian was a key cog in Laura Beeman’s Rainbow Wahine basketball operation. After that, it was difficult to tell how far back their professional relationship went. Preceding and following UH’s 2017-18 games against Delanian’s new team, Big West rival UC Santa Barbara, Beeman conceded little in that department. In the thick of battles for seeding position, their history — which began at USC and included UH’s […]

2017 soccer season in review

By Brian McInnis on October 30, 2017

Hawaii was widely viewed around the Big West as a rebuilding team going into the 2017 soccer season. Turned out, for good reasons. The Rainbow Wahine faded down the stretch once again and were not in contention for the Big West tournament going into the final week of the season. UH got drubbed 3-0 and 4-0 in road losses at Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside, bringing things to a merciful end at 6-10-1 and 1-6-1 in the BWC. The […]

Wahine try to top Cal Poly on senior day

By Brian McInnis on October 22, 2017

LIVE UPDATES HERE Hawaii 1, Cal Poly 1, 2OT FINAL 110th minute — Wahine and Mustangs play to 1-1 draw. Unfortunate outcome for both teams, which each needed the full three points of a win to stay in Big West tournament contention. Hard-fought game. 108th minute — Yellow given to CP’s Jessica Johnson. 107th minute — Cal Poly’s coaches get a yellow card. 107th minute — Strom-Okimoto fires a ROCKET on the run, punched away by Sophia Brown impressively. 105th […]

Soccer shoots for winning streak

By Brian McInnis on October 15, 2017

LIVE UPDATES HERE Cal State Northridge 2, Hawaii 1, FINAL FINAL — Matadors prevail in come-from-behind fashion, with all goals scored in the second half. The visitors outshoot the hosts 18-12 on a windy Sunday at WPSS. Cynthia Sanchez’s counterattack score in the 69th minute is the game-winner. 89th minute — Wahine knock the ball around for about a minute in the CSUN penalty box area but are unable to get a clean shot off. 80th minute — And again. Sanchez […]

Soccer homestand rolls on

By Brian McInnis on October 12, 2017

LIVE UPDATES HERE Hawaii 2, UC Santa Barbara 1, FINAL FINAL — UH snaps a six-game Big West losing streak going back to last season. Sonest Furtado with her 12th and 13th career goals, the first of her career in Big West play. 90th minute — Final chance here for UCSB as Kiri Dale is yellow carded on a hand ball from about 25 yards. Free kick coming for the Gauchos … ball is snagged by Lex Mata. Great save to […]

Soggy Sunday

By Brian McInnis on October 8, 2017

LIVE UPDATES HERE FINAL — UC Irvine 3, Hawaii 2. Hawaii has a few chances in desperation mode in the final few minutes but cannot convert. The Eaters turtle the ball in the corner and run out the clock. Sixth straight BWC defeat for UH going back to 2016. 80th minute — Tia Furuta nearly puts in a rebound goal with a header but the ball shoots wide. At the other end, Lex Mata with a nice save in the open field […]

Familiar spot

By Brian McInnis on September 29, 2017

Shot after shot of the ball went right into the mitts, the body, maybe even off the head of UC Davis goalkeeper Alexis Smith. With the Hawaii soccer team facing a one-goal deficit in the second half, the Rainbow Wahine fired nine attempts on frame in an attempt to equalize. Smith stopped them all en route to an 11-save effort in a 1-0 Aggies win over the Wahine to open Big West Conference play on Thursday. UH coach Michele Nagamine […]

UH soccer gears up for Big West

By Brian McInnis on September 24, 2017

It’s a safe bet the Hawaii soccer team won’t take home some weekly hardware Monday, a first in three weeks. That’s through no fault of the Rainbow Wahine; they were completely off from game action for the past week after winning their last three nonconference road games. UH (5-4) opens BWC play at UC Davis (1-9) on Thursday. The Wahine spent the week resting up and tuning up for the Aggies and a follow-up game at always-tough Long Beach State […]