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 Nagamine messaged Warrior World.
— Hawaii Soccer (@HawaiiWSoccer) November 2, 2019
The winner of the four-team tournament gets the Big West’s automatic berth to the 64-team NCAA Women’s College Cup. The semifinals take place Thursday at a site to be determined, with the title match on Sunday at the same site.
The Wahine can now do no worse than fourth place with their 14 standings points. In fact, they’re still in the running for the regular-season championship — and hosting duties for the tournament — if a specific scenario happens on Sunday.
UH needs pull off a win at Long Beach State at noon (HST); and current points leaders Cal State Fullerton (15) and Cal State Northridge (15) must draw; and UC Santa Barbara (14) cannot win at home against Irvine, because the Gauchos own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Wahine.
At this point — UH was picked to finish seventh in the preseason — who the heck knows?
Through Nov. 14
|Cal State Fullerton||5-0-3||18||14-3-4||.762|
|Cal State Northridge||5-3-0||15||12-7-3||.614|
|UC Santa Barbara||4-1-3||15||8-5-6||.579|
|Long Beach State||2-5-1||7||4-12-1||.265|