After more than a month away, Lady ‘Bows Soccer team returns to Waipio to face UC-Riverside

Michele Nagamine watches Sarah Lau at practice
Michele Nagamine watches Sarah Lau at practice

For the first time in more than a month, the Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine soccer team will play in the friendly confines of Waipi’o Peninsula Soccer Stadium when UC Riverside visits for Big West Conference play on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Thursday’s game will be televised live on OC Sports 16.

Hawai’i (7-3-1, 0-2 Big West) is an unbeaten 5-0-1 this season and went 2-3 in its five road games since last playing at WPSS.

After a pair of one-goal losses on the road to open Big West play last weekend, Hawai’i will look to climb the conference standings as it begins a stretch four consecutive home games, which continues with a game against UC Davis on Oct. 9 at 5:00 p.m.

“There’s so much parity in the Big West that every game is a good game, and I’m looking forward to two more good games this weekend,” Hawai’i head coach Michele Nagamine said. “Making sure that our trainings are done with that game-intensity and match-speed in mind, that’s really important to us this week. I’m looking forward to it. We’re going to have two really good games this weekend and it should be very exciting.”

The Highlanders enter Thursday’s contest with a 3-7-3 overall record and 0-2 mark in the Big West. UC Riverside has lost five consecutive games, with four of those defeats coming by a one-goal margin. The Highlanders lost 2-1 at Cal State Fullerton and 2-0 to UC Irvine in their first two Big West contests of the season.

UC Davis is 4-5-3 entering the week and will face Cal State Fullerton on Thursday before making the trip to Hawai’i. The Aggies played CSUN to a scoreless tie in their only Big West match of the season.

After this weekend’s action the Rainbow Wahine will stay at home for their final two home games of the season, hosting Long Beach State on Oct. 14 and Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 23.

Games 12 &13
Who: Hawai’i (7-3-1, 0-2-0 BWC) vs. UC Riverside (3-7-3, 0-2-0 BWC); UC Davis (4-5-3, 0-0-1 BWC)
When: Thursday, Oct. 6 (7:00 p.m. HT); Sunday, Oct. 9 (5 p.m. HT)
Where: Waipi’o Peninsula Soccer Stadium
TV: OC Sports
Streaming Video: None
Live Stats:
Promotions: Hawaii Pacific Health is the sponsor of Thursday’s “Pink Night” match and will distribute 200 pink towels and 100 pink wristbands prior to the contest. Fans are encouraged to wear pink apparel in recognition of breast cancer awareness. Kids (eighth grade and under) can register at the sports marketing table (located near the concessions stand) to participate in the on-field promotion at halftime for the chance to win a Hawaii Pacific Health prize-pack. Also, t-shirts will be tossed into the crowd after every UH goal. Coca-Cola will sponsor Sunday’s match and award a soccer jersey and soccer ball to the contestants of the “Punt, Pass, & Kick” contest at halftime. Coca-Cola soccer jerseys and soccer balls will be tossed into the crowd after every UH goal. On both days, FREE soccer posters will be distributed at the sports marketing table located near the concessions stand (whiles supplies last).

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