Wahine Soccer Team Blanks BYU-Hawai’i, 3-0
By Rodney S. Yap
The University of Hawai’i women’s soccer team posted its first shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over BYU-Hawai’i in a non-conference match Monday night at the Waipi’o Peninsula Soccer Stadium.
The Rainbow Wahine (4-1-1) thoroughly dominated the Division II Seasiders (1-1), finishing the game with a 16-1 advantage in shots. Amber Fuller, McKenzie McGoldrick, and Tiana Fujimoto found the back of the net for the Bows.
With the win UH kept its home streak alive as the Rainbow Wahine are now undefeated in its last nine matches (7-0-2) at Waipi’o Stadium. Meanwhile, senior goalkeeper Kanani Taaca earned credit for her first shutout of the year.
In the first regular-season meeting between the clubs, UH scored two first-half goals, then tacked on a third and final goal in the waning minutes.
Fuller got UH on the board less than 10 minutes into the match with a header off a Chelsea Miyake free kick. It was Fuller’s first goal this season.
The Rainbow Wahine recorded its second goal in the 38th minute when McGoldrick found the back of the net off an Addison Carroll cross. It was the third goal of the season for McGoldrick and her second in as many matches.
UH continued to pressure the Seasiders throughout the second half without the reward of a goal, however, Fujimoto finally put one through in the 89th minute off a feed from Karli Look. It was the sophomore’s team-leading fifth goal of the year.
UH will conclude its six-match home stand when it hosts the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic, Sept. 7-9. UH will open the tournament on Friday, Sept. 7 against Ball State at 7 p.m.