IRVINE, Calif. – The Hawai’i women’s soccer team came up short in its effort to earn a Big West Conference Tournament bid, falling 2-1 at UC Irvine on Friday. The loss eliminates the Rainbow Wahine from contention for one of four conference tournament bids.
UC Irvine (13-5-1, 5-1-1 BWC) took a 1-0 lead almost immediately when Jessica Miclat scored just 37 seconds into the game. The lead lasted less than 10 minutes, however, as Hawai’i (9-5-2, 2-4-1 BWC) sophomore Raisa Strom-Okimoto netted her sixth goal of the season in the 11th minute to knot the score.
The score remained 1-1 into the second half until UC Irvine’s Kelsey Texeira scored the eventual game-winner in the 59th minute.
Each team finished with 12 shots in the game, with the Anteaters taking a slim 9-7 edge in shots on goal. UCI also had a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks.
The Rainbow Wahine will wrap up the 2016 campaign at CSUN on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. HT.