University of Hawai’i sophomore Storm Kenui has been named the Big West Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week after leading the team to a pair of wins at the Montana Invitational.
The native of Waipahu, O`ahu, was a force on both ends of the field in victories over Eastern Washington and host Montana. She scored a goal and added an assist, while also anchoring a defense that gave its most consistent effort of the season.
In UH’s 3-1 win over Eastern Washington, she scored UH’s second goal—and what proved to be the game-winner —with a shot just inside the left post in the closing minutes of the first half. Meanwhile, her play at defensive mid and center back helped limit the Eagles to just six shots overall and just two on goal.
Two days later, she provided an assist in UH’s 2-1 win over host Montana when her hard shot was saved and put back by Sonest Furtado . Filling in for injured all-conference defender Lidia Battaglia, Kenui played the full 90 minutes at center back and helped shut the Grizzlies out for much of the match with their lone goal coming on a penalty kick in the second half.
Kenui leads the team and is tied for second in the Big West in goals scored (4). She registered a goal or assist in each of UH’s four road matches as the ‘Bows return from the 12-day trip with a 3-1 mark.
The Rainbow Wahine, who completed their non-conference schedule with a 5-5 mark, will next host its annual alumnae match on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is 5:00 p.m.