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Hawaii soccer: 3 Pac-12 teams coming to Waipio in 2019

By Brian McInnis on June 25, 2019

As degree-of-difficulty points go, the just-released 2019 Hawaii soccer schedule nets close to a 10 out of 10. The Rainbow Wahine will host three Pac-12 teams at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium, matching a program high, and take a doozy of a road trip to the Dakotas for three games in five days in September. “This is among the most challenging, if not the most challenging, because of the Dakotas road trip as well,” said ninth-year UH coach Michele Nagamine of […]

Hawaii soccer: Raisa Strom-Okimoto sees first pro action with Utah Royals

By Brian McInnis on June 23, 2019

The most decorated women’s soccer player of Hawaii’s Big West era is establishing a foothold as a professional. Raisa Strom-Okimoto, UH’s first Big West offensive player of the year, saw her first official action as a pro with the Utah Royals in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) on Friday night. She’d received an invitation to train with the team beginning in late February and had lived in Utah since. Then the Royals temporarily lost three key players from their […]

H Awards: Raisa Strom-Okimoto, Stijn van Tilburg take top honors

By Brian McInnis on April 9, 2019

The Hawaii athletics department held its “H Awards” banquet on Monday night, honoring its top athletic and academic achievers spanning the school’s 21 sports. Men’s volleyball senior hitter Stijn van Tilburg and women’s soccer senior striker Raisa Strom-Okimoto took home the signature awards of the night, the Jack Bonham Award, handed out annually to one male and one female athlete at UH. Van Tilburg recently moved into eighth all-time in UH career kills with over 1,300 and plays an integral […]

Soccer signs 7

By Brian McInnis on November 14, 2018

It was a productive signing day for Michele Nagamine and the Hawaii soccer team. The Rainbow Wahine added seven players, including one local prospect, for the 2019 season. All were officially announced on the national signing day Wednesday. It’s a defender-heavy class, at least going by their listed positions. UH just lost seniors Raisa Strom-Okimoto (F/M) and Sarah Lau (M) from a 9-7-1 (4-4 Big West) season that saw the fifth-place Wahine narrowly miss out on their first Big West […]

Strom-Okimoto is offensive player of the year

By Brian McInnis on October 31, 2018

Emotions were still a bit raw for the Hawaii soccer team a few days removed from its season-ending home loss to Cal State Fullerton on Sunday. As pick-me-ups go, Wednesday’s Big West Conference awards announcement did quite nicely. Senior striker Raisa Strom-Okimoto became Hawaii’s first Big West offensive player of the year, and she was joined by sophomore Lei Medeiros on the All-BWC first team. Goalkeeper Lex Mata was a Big West honorable mention and center back Elena Palacios made […]

UH falls on senior day

By Brian McInnis on October 28, 2018

A very tough weekend for University of Hawaii sports ended the same way. After the UH football and volleyball teams had disappointing shortcomings — the Rainbow Warriors lost 50-20 at Fresno State for their third straight loss and the Rainbow Wahine were swept at home by UC Santa Barbara to put a severe damper on their postseason hopes — the UH soccer team had a chance to get one back for Manoa. Alas, it could not. With a festive crowd on hand […]

Wahine top Riverside 2-0 in crucial contest

By Brian McInnis on October 25, 2018

One more win and the Hawaii soccer team is in. With UH and UC Riverside mired scoreless for most of the night, the Rainbow Wahine broke out late with goals by seniors Sarah Lau and Raisa Strom-Okimoto for a key 2-0 win on Thursday night at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. UH (9-6-1, 4-3 Big West) moved into fourth place in the conference standings with one game to play. It’s the most conference wins for Michele Nagamine’s team since it joined […]

Strom-Okimoto honored again

By Brian McInnis on October 22, 2018

For carrying her team the closest it’s ever been to Big West tournament qualification at this point in the season, soccer senior Raisa Strom-Okimoto was honored by the Big West as the conference’s offensive player of the week on Monday. The Aiea alumna’s hat trick in a 4-0 win at Cal Poly on Friday was the 13th in program history, from the seventh person. Here’s the complete list of Wahine players to score three or more goals in a match: […]