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Hawaii soccer: Young ones get a chance in opening loss to USC

By Brian McInnis on August 22, 2019

Maybe it was the blazing sun or the dozen-plus players milling about the sideline at any given moment. In any case, Michele Nagamine was going to sub, and sub heavily in the 2019 Hawaii soccer opener at the Manoa Lower Campus field. Six players made their Rainbow Wahine soccer official debuts among 20 to see action on Thursday afternoon in a 3-0 loss to No. 5 USC. >> UH VS. USC PHOTO GALLERY They were redshirt senior Kayla Watanabe, redshirt […]

Hawaii soccer: full 2019 season preview

By Brian McInnis on August 21, 2019

In 2018, the Hawaii soccer team challenged itself by kicking off the season against No. 11 Texas A&M. That resulted in a 4-0 defeat. Things get tougher on paper in this year’s opener, as the young Rainbow Wahine host No. 5 USC at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Manoa Lower Campus. UH is playing its first four games of the season on its grass practice field because of damage to its regular playing surface at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. It’s […]

Rainbow Forecast: Hawaii hosts Arizona football, USC soccer

By Brian McInnis on August 19, 2019

Welcome to the very first Rainbow Forecast, your weekly primer for upcoming University of Hawaii sporting events. Check back on Mondays, from now through the spring, for a breakdown on upcoming Rainbow Warrior and Rainbow Wahine games and other notables spanning that Monday through Sunday. So, here we go. To begin the 2019-20 athletic calendar, a couple of Pac-12 opponents — USC and Arizona — come to town for the respective openers of the Hawaii soccer and football teams. UH’s […]

Hawaii soccer: Wahine brush off seventh-place prediction

By Brian McInnis on August 15, 2019

Michele Nagamine wondered aloud at the purpose of preseason polls after another hot practice on Thursday morning. The sentiment was not too surprising. UH was picked to finish seventh in the upcoming 2019 season by the Big West’s nine head coaches in the morning’s released poll. “I actually think we will finish higher. But I don’t even know why we do this, to be honest,” the ninth-year coach said. “The preseason polls are one of the most crazy things. Everyone […]

Hawaii soccer: Rainbow Wahine embrace playing on campus after Waipio field damaged

By Brian McInnis on August 13, 2019

The Hawaii women’s soccer team is determined to make the most of a tough situation. UH has been displaced from its regular home for four games at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium because some chemical resin seeped into the field from the bleachers in late June. The grass — including sections of the field a few yards into play along either sideline — has yet to recover. Breaking: Here’s the current state of Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium’s field, which was damaged by a […]

Hawaii soccer: Rainbow Wahine launch practices with 11-on-11 scrimmage

By Brian McInnis on August 8, 2019

The chalking of an entire soccer field and the playing of an actual 11-on-11 scrimmage in fall practice hasn’t happened a whole heck of a lot in recent years for the Hawaii soccer team. Last year, especially, the numbers just weren’t there, as UH had only 20 healthy players right from the get-go. This fall is different in that respect; the Rainbow Wahine are stocked with bodies with a 30-player roster. UH coach Michele Nagamine decided to get the ball […]

Hawaii soccer: UH loses Big West first-teamer Lei Medeiros

By Brian McInnis on July 27, 2019

The Hawaii fall soccer roster went up with a notable absence. It was Leialoha Medeiros, the All-Big West first-team midfielder from Makawao, Maui, who would’ve been a junior and the team’s primary go-to option in 2019. Coach Michele Nagamine told Hawaii Warrior World that Medeiros left the team in the offseason due to personal reasons. “We wish Lei all the best,” Nagamine said Saturday. “Sometimes life gets in the way of soccer, and it’s always about the student-athletes’ well-being and […]

Hawaii soccer: Natasha Kai, Sonest Furtado win United Women’s Soccer title

By Brian McInnis on July 23, 2019

A couple of former Hawaii soccer standouts of different eras came together to help bring home a professional championship. Natasha Kai and Sonest Furtado, who played more than a decade apart for the Rainbow Wahine, were among the victorious LA Galaxy Orange County side that won the United Women’s Soccer title, 1-0 over host Calgary Foothills WFC in Canada on Tuesday. The UWS is a semi-pro, 23-team league a step below the National Women’s Soccer League. It was the fourth […]