Wahine soccer 2018 schedule set

Big West play has been a real challenge for eighth-year coach Michele Nagamine. / 2017 photo by Craig T. Kojima, Star-Advertiser

Michele Nagamine’s young team will be put to the test right from the jump in the upcoming 2018 season.

UH opens its 19-game 2018 slate against powerhouse Texas A&M in the Outrigger Soccer Kickoff at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium on Aug. 17, UH announced Wednesday. The Aggies finished last season No. 7 in RPI and were ranked No. 12. They advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Facing the Aggies would be a challenge under just about any circumstance. But these Rainbow Wahine finished last in last place in the Big West in 2017 (1-6-1) and have only two seniors — Raisa Strom-Okimoto and Sarah Lau — back this fall. (Starting goalkeeper Alexis Mata is being classified as a fourth-year junior.)

Nagamine told the Star-Advertiser that A&M figures to be the toughest test on the schedule by far.

“I’m very happy with the challenging schedule we have been able to put together for 2018,” Nagamine said in UH’s release. “Opening with a powerhouse like Texas A&M will be an excellent opportunity for our young team to experience a quality side that is always one of the top teams in the country. With regard to our road games, it’s nice that we get to return to teams like Saint Mary’s, University of the Pacific, Nevada, and University of San Francisco.”

Other notable nonconference home matches include Arizona State (Aug. 24) and future Big West member UC San Diego (Sept. 7).

The Wahine, who will again attempt to make their first Big West tournament, open league play at UC Irvine on Sept. 28. The first of four conference home games is Long Beach State on Oct. 4.

Schedule

RECORD: 8-6-1, 3-3 Big West
DATEOPPONENTLOCATIONTIME/RESULT
8/17Texas A&MWPSSL, 4-0
8/19Bowling GreenWPSSW, 1-0 OT
8/22MontanaWPSSCCL
8/24Arizona StateWPSSCCL
8/30at Saint Mary's (Calif.)Moraga, Calif.W, 2-1 OT
9/2at Pacific (Calif.)Stockton, Calif.W, 5-0
9/7UC San DiegoWPSSL, 2-1
9/13at NevadaReno, Nev.T, 1-1 2OT
9/16at San FranciscoSan FranciscoL, 2-0
9/22North Dakota StateWPSSW, 2-0
9/23Grand CanyonWPSSW, 4-0
9/28at UC Irvine*Irvine, Calif.L, 1-0 2OT
9/30at Cal State Northridge*Northridge, Calif.W, 2-1 OT
10/4Long Beach State*WPSSL, 3-2
10/7UC Davis*WPSSW, 3-2
10/19at Cal Poly*San Luis Obispo, Calif.W, 4-0
10/21at UC Santa Barbara*Santa Barbara, Calif.L, 1-0
10/25UC Riverside*WPSS7 p.m.
10/28Cal State Fullerton*WPSS2 p.m.
11/1-11/4Big West tournamentNorthridge, Calif.TBA
Home matches played at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium
All times Hawaii time; schedule subject to change
* — Big West match

COMMENTS

  1. roygbivs June 13, 2018 11:23 pm

    Thinks we might have to think bigger, faster, smarter players. Love kids here(in the U.S.), but what about some international players as well, where fütbol is their national sport…?


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