Saturday, October 27, 2001
[ WAHINE SOCCER ]
The Hawaii Wahine had their scoring opportunities. The difference was the Boise State Broncos converted their chances.
Wahine cant convert
against host Broncos
The host Broncos took a 1-0 halftime lead on an own goal, then scored twice in the final 16 minutes to hand Hawaii a 3-0 Western Athletic Conference loss in the first of two weekend road games for the Wahine.
It was Boise State's fourth consecutive victory.
The Wahine fly to Reno, Nev., today and play the Nevada Wolf Pack (0-4-1 WAC, 0-14-1 overall). UH has to win its final three matches to retain any hope of finishing second in the conference.
Hawaii controlled play for the first 20 minutes yesterday, although the first shot by either team didn't come until the 15th minute. Boise State goalkeeper Jeanne Orm was forced to deflect a shot by Arlene Devitt from the top of the box over the cross bar. On the ensuing corner kick, Devitt's header was wide left.
The Broncos (3-2, 8-5-1) got on the board at 22:28 when Christy Messenger's corner kick was inadvertently headed into the UH goal by defender Liz Lusk.
"That goal is very difficult to make up," Hawaii coach Pinsoom Tenzing said. "It wasn't so much the own goal, but there was no emergency created by that shot. It took something out of the team.
"There were three people on that ball. There was no way it should have gone in, at least, that's what I saw from where I was sitting," he said.
Devitt, who consistently freed herself from tight coverage, broke loose in the 32nd minute, but her hard shot was stopped by Orm.
Neither team mounted a serious scoring attempt after that. The half ended with Boise State outshooting Hawaii, 7-5, and holding a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Kaziah Hill put the Broncos up 2-0 at 73:07 when she took a pass from Megan McCoy, spun around a UH defender and scored from 14 yards out.
Tara Milligan, whose first shot from 10 yards out was denied by UH goalkeeper Jennifer Churchill, picked up the rebound and volleyed it into the net from close range at 85:38.
In the waning seconds, Devitt, who put four of her five shots on goal, had her last attempt punched over the bar by Orm.
"We did not play well in the second half. The tempo of our game, our style, everything vanished after the own goal. Giving up an unearned goal has just happened too often," Tenzing said.
The match was played on a sunny afternoon at the Simplot Sports Complex in Boise, Idaho.
"The weather absolutely was not a factor," said Tenzing, whose Wahine dropped to 2-3 in conference play, 5-9 overall.
Fresno State 2, San Jose State 1: Erin Sayegusa (Kaiser) scored the winning goal for the Bulldogs at 86:30 in a match played Thursday at San Jose, Calif.
WAC matches All matches Team W L T Pts W L T So. Methodist 6 0 0 18 11 3 0 Fresno State 4 3 0 12 7 8 0 Rice 3 2 0 9 5 7 0 Boise State 3 2 0 9 8 5 1 San Jose State 3 3 0 9 5 10 0 Tulsa 2 3 0 6 7 7 2 Hawaii 2 3 0 6 5 9 0 Texas-El Paso 1 4 1 4 3 9 2 Nevada 0 4 1 1 0 14 1
Boise State 3, Hawaii 0
Rice 2, Texas-El Paso 1
Southern Methodist 6, Tulsa 1
Hawaii at Nevada
San Jose State at Boise State
Rice at Southern Methodist
Tulsa at Texas-El Paso
Ka Leo O Hawaii