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Hawaii soccer: Michele Nagamine lauds 5-player signing class

By Brian McInnis on November 15, 2019

Just a couple weeks after the completion of the 2019 soccer season, Hawaii announced the backbone of its recruiting class for 2020. Though there are about nine months before next fall season, and more players will inevitably be added, the five announced by UH Thursday night — local players Amber Gilbert and Kyanah Blas and mainlanders Chelsey Stock, Maya Gonzalez and Fabiola Zamora — will comprise the bulk of the newcomers. The 2020 class is coach Michele Nagamine’s 10th at UH. […]

Hawaii soccer season ends in Big West semifinals

By Brian McInnis on November 7, 2019

Hawaii made the Big West soccer tournament for the first time, but tonight showed the Rainbow Wahine have a long way to go to win a conference championship. Top-seeded Cal State Fullerton took it to the Wahine from the outset and advanced to Sunday’s Big West title game at UH’s expense with a 3-0 victory on their own Titan Field. Savannah Sloniger (ninth minute), Maddie Bennett (16th) and Haley Brown (51st) scored to bring the Wahine season to a close […]

Hawaii soccer: Nagamine wins Big West Coach of Year, Mata Goalkeeper of Year

By Brian McInnis on November 6, 2019

For the distinction of advancing to the Big West tournament for the first time, the Hawaii soccer team received its largest haul of Big West postseason awards to date on Wednesday. At the top of the list, Michele Nagamine was named BWC Coach of the Year for the first time in her career, becoming the first UH coach to receive a conference COY since Pinsoom Tenzing in 2007. UH (6-7-4, 4-1-3 BWC) was picked to finish seventh by the league’s […]

Rainbow Forecast: Basketball teams open 2019-20; football seeks bounce-back; soccer in Big West tournament

By Brian McInnis on November 4, 2019

The overlap has begun. Hawaii’s fall and winter sports seasons officially intermingle this week with the start of the 2019-20 men’s and women’s basketball seasons. Meanwhile, UH soccer plays its biggest match in years when it takes on host Cal State Fullerton in the Big West tournament semifinals on Thursday. UH volleyball, riding high after two big home wins over Big West contenders UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, must try to follow that up with wins in its last […]

Hawaii soccer is No. 4 seed, draws Fullerton in Big West tournament

By Brian McInnis on November 3, 2019

Despite earning a point in its regular-season finale at Long Beach State, the Hawaii soccer team was assigned the fourth seed among four teams in next week’s Big West tournament. The tournament will be held at Cal State Fullerton, which earned the No. 1 seed by virtue of beating Cal State Northridge in its finale Sunday. After a series of tiebreakers, Northridge, UC Santa Barbara and UH — which all finished at 15 points in the standings in a tie for […]

Hawaii soccer: Irvine loss clinches Big West tournament berth for Wahine

By Brian McInnis on November 1, 2019

For the first time in its eight years as a member of the Big West Conference, the Hawaii soccer team is through to the league’s postseason tournament. After UH (6-7-3, 4-1-2 BWC) put itself on the cusp of qualifying with Thursday’s 3-2 win at UC Davis, the rest was taken care of for the Wahine when UC Irvine lost in overtime at Cal Poly, 3-2, on Friday. “We were all watching at our hotel. Oh jeez. My heart,” coach Michele […]

Hawaii soccer: Everything on the table

By Brian McInnis on October 31, 2019

FINAL: Hawaii came up with a huge road victory in a wild, hostile match, 3-2 at UC Davis. The Rainbow Wahine had to rally from down 2-1 with 34 minutes left when Davis’ Janae Gonzalez put in her second penalty-kick goal of the match, and Kayla Ryan delivered with her team-best sixth and seventh goals of the season on set-ups by teammates. “To be perfectly honest, I was just really impressed with the team and their composure and their mental […]

Rainbow Forecast: Huge week for Hawaii football, volleyball, soccer; basketball teams host exhibitions

By Brian McInnis on October 28, 2019

As fate would have it, this week aligned for Hawaii’s three primary fall sports in one sense — all three face pivotal conference matchups that have championship implications. Football, coming off its 45-31 win at New Mexico — the first time UH won in Albuquerque since 1987 — hits the crucial portion of its schedule starting this week with the first of four Mountain West West Division opponents, rival Fresno State. If UH (5-3, 2-2 MWC) manages to win out in those […]