Rainbow Wahine off to best start in program history after 2-1 win

Addie Steiner / Hawai'i Athletics

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Hawai’i women’s soccer team picked up its seventh win of 2016 behind a pair of goals from senior Addie Steiner, beating Air Force 2-1 on Tuesday. Hawai’i’s 7-1-1 record marks the best nine-game start in program history, surpassing the 7-2 mark set by the 1998 team.

Steiner scored her third goal of the season in the fourth minute off a pass from sophomore Raisa Strom-Okimoto to put the Rainbow Wahine ahead 1-0.

Only 17 minutes later, Steiner took another pass from Strom-Okimoto and beat Air Force goalkeeper Alex Kahalley to put the Rainbow Wahine ahead 2-0. Strom-Okimoto’s two assists bring her season total to five, tying for the lead in the Big West Conference. Her 13 points this season rank third in the league.

Despite Hawai’i’s lead, Air Force held the advantage in shots throughout the game, and the Falcons broke through with a goal in the 75th minute to cut the Rainbow Wahine lead in half. Hawai’i, however, would not yield another shot en route to the 2-1 win. Air Force finished with a 14-9 advantage in shots, including 8-4 in shots on goal, and had an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Steiner had a chance at a hat-trick with two point-blank shots in the 90th minute, but her first hit the post and her second went wide left. She finished with four shots in the game. Senior goalkeeper Monk Bergercame up with seven saves in the match.

Tuesday’s contest was the final non-conference match of the season for Hawai’i. The Rainbow Wahine will have some time away from competition before opening Big West Conference play at Cal Poly on Sept. 30.

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