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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 […]

Hawaii soccer: Big West tournament window narrows on senior night

By Brian McInnis on October 27, 2019

Hawaii was unable to break the senior night spell Sunday at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. The Rainbow Wahine ran their winless streak in home finales to six with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of UC Santa Barbara, a blow to the team’s Big West standing with two road matches to play. Unlike last year’s 2-1 fatal loss to last-place Cal State Fullerton, hope remains for the Wahine to make their first Big West Conference tournament. But it just got […]

Hawaii soccer: Seniors look to carry Wahine into tournament

By Brian McInnis on October 27, 2019

Could this be the senior class that finally gets the Hawaii soccer team over the hump? It is quite possible, but work remains to be done for the Rainbow Wahine (5-6-3, 3-0-2 Big West) to secure top-four positioning in the BWC and qualify for the conference playoffs. Three games remain, including today’s televised contest against UC Santa Barbara (6-4-5, 2-1-2) at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. If UH (11 points in standings) can achieve three points today with a win, they’ll […]

Hawaii soccer: Wahine salvage point against Cal Poly

By Brian McInnis on October 25, 2019

Thursday night had letdown written on it from the opening minutes for the Hawaii soccer team. By the end of 110 minutes of a double-overtime match against Cal Poly, however, the Rainbow Wahine had picked themselves up, finishing somewhere between satisfaction and disappointment with a 1-1 draw against the Mustangs. UH (5-6-3, 3-0-2 Big West) picked up a single point toward Big West tournament qualification — not the three they were hoping for entering the night, but not nothing, either. UH […]

Hawaii soccer: Midseason Q&A with Michele Nagamine

By Brian McInnis on October 24, 2019

The Hawaii soccer team plays two of its biggest matches of Michele Nagamine’s nine years at the helm of the program this week. Those matches — Thursday night against Cal Poly and Sunday against UC Santa Barbara — happen to be the last two home matches of the season. UH (5-6-2, 3-0-1 Big West), after a tough start to the season that included losses to three ranked Pac-12 opponents, has turned things around at midseason to post the program’s best record through […]

Rainbow Forecast: Hawaii football regroups for New Mexico, volleyball heads back out, soccer has senior week

By Brian McInnis on October 21, 2019

Hawaii’s three primary fall sports — football, women’s volleyball, and soccer — are coming off drastically different outcomes heading into this week’s Forecast. The UH football team is reeling a bit coming off a 56-26 home loss to Air Force, and that was followed up by Monday’s news that receiver and return man Melquise Stovall was dismissed from the team. The Rainbow Warriors (4-3, 1-2 Mountain West) are at a pivotal moment of their season heading up to Albuquerque, N.M., as an […]

Hawaii soccer earns first result against Cal State Fullerton

By Brian McInnis on October 20, 2019

Sometimes, a draw feels like either a win or a loss, not something in between. Hawaii’s 1-1 tie with Cal State Fullerton at the Titans’ field Sunday most definitely was a win for the Rainbow Wahine. Thanks to Kayla Ryan’s goal to begin the second half — off of assists from Kayla Watanabe and Kelci Sumida to work the ball ahead, then to the middle — UH squared the match and held on tight through double overtime for their first […]