Wahine try to top Cal Poly on senior day


Hawaii 1, Cal Poly 1, 2OT FINAL

110th minute — Wahine and Mustangs play to 1-1 draw. Unfortunate outcome for both teams, which each needed the full three points of a win to stay in Big West tournament contention. Hard-fought game.

108th minute — Yellow given to CP’s Jessica Johnson.

107th minute — Cal Poly’s coaches get a yellow card.

107th minute — Strom-Okimoto fires a ROCKET on the run, punched away by Sophia Brown impressively.

105th minute — CP’s Jessica Johnson puts on the jukes and gets off a clean shot in the box, but Lex Mata is up to the task, batting it aside. Seven saves for her.

103rd minute — RSO with a pretty good look on a give from Furtado, goes high and wide.

101st minute — Dani Crawford has a left-footed opportunity to open 2OT but comes up empty on the swing.

100th minute — UH gets a counterattack going in the final seconds of the first OT, but Furtado has it knocked away during the 10-second countdown. On to 2OT.

96th minute — Sarah Lau SAVES the game for UH with an extended-leg deflection of a Mustang rocket that got past Mata. That would’ve been it for UH’s season hopes if she hadn’t found that ball.

END REGULATION — UH goes to overtime with CP.

89th minute — Near disaster there for UH as a deflection off a corner kick bounces straight up and Lex Mata grabs it, but a scrum pushes her beyond the goal line and in. However, the ref waves off a score with a foul on CP.

87th minute — CP’s Georgina Stiegeler closes in within the box at a dangerous angle but Kiri Dale comes flying in to deflect it out of bounds.

85th minute — Intensity ramping up on both ends. You get the sense someone’s putting one in before regulation ends.

74th minute — UH 1, CP 1. Mustangs equalize it on some header volleys into the box, and Emily Hansen beats Lex Mata to the ball to head it over her and in.

68th minute — Randi Fontes shown the yellow after protesting an offsides call against Furtado on a long Mata punt.

64th minute — Furtado NEARLY puts in another on a nice give and go from RSO. The Mustangs converge on her just in time in the box to save it.

58th minute — Hawaii 1, CP 0. Sonest Furtado breaks upfield on a pass from Raisa Strom-Okimoto, beats the last defender with straight speed, then jukes Mustang keeper Sophia Brown to tap it in from point blank.

50th minute — UH has come out with energy to begin the second half. There’s also a lot of vog creeping in.

HALF — UH gets out of the first half unscathed despite the Mustangs charging hard the last 10 minutes or so. Shot count is a little misleading at five-all.

43rd minute — Another close call with an open net and UH lucks out when a Mustang can’t get to a cross straight by the goal. Just now, another missed opportunity for CP on a breakaway as a shot goes just wide of the left post.

38th minute — Alexis Mata has to venture out but can’t secure it, but center back Kiri Dale has her back and clears it from the box.

33rd minute — UH has unleashed the guns; it’s the Medeiros throw-in show. She has a couple of tosses go into the penalty box, but CP clears them.

25th minute — Sonest Furtado has been active up top but the Mustangs seem to have her marked so far.

1st minute — Lei Medeiros nearly puts one in before everyone gets settled, but her shot hits the underside of the crossbar, bounces straight down and out.


Last time Cal Poly visited Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium in 2015, the Mustangs left with a 7-2 win — by far the most given up by UH in a home conference game.

UH (6-8, 1-4 Big West) needs to not only hold the Mustangs in check offensively this time, but net more than the visitors to stay alive in the Big West tournament race. (Then UH needs to win two more on the road.)

That might seem unlikely, but it’s totally plausible UH can still be in business after today against the Mustangs (6-8-4, 2-4-1). However CP is playing well of late coming off wins against traditional Big West powerhouses Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton.

The Wahine will honor seniors Sonest Furtado, Dani Crawford, Keala Parker-Lee, Paige Okazaki, Bo Samson, Spenser Jaye, Kellsie Gleason, and Evelyn Fierros after the game.

We have reports of hundreds of midges (little gnat-like bugs) swarming around at pitch level. Always interesting with those little buggers around.