Toreros rally with 3 goals in second half
SAN DIEGO » The Hawaii women's soccer team rallied for a 2-1 lead at the half, but did not have an answer for the San Diego Toreros' three goals after the break.
Leigh Ann Robinson and Ashley Kirk each scored two goals to lead the Toreros (8-4) to a 4-2 victory in the nonconference match at Torero Stadium.
It was San Diego's highest goal output of the season and the most the Rainbow Wahine (6-4-2) have given up.
Robinson scored at 2:15 on a breakaway to give the Toreros a quick lead.
Hawaii tied the score at 35:15 when Koren Takeyama played a ball up the left flank to Alexis Choi. She sent a cross into the middle that Taryn Fukuroku headed into the net from inside the 6-yard box.
Fukuroku put Hawaii ahead 2-1 at 44:22 with her sixth goal of the season. Julia Siljestrom took a free kick from the right outside the penalty box that Fukuroku banged home with a low, 10-yard shot.
The Toreros dominated the second half, outshooting the Wahine 8-1.
Kirk scored on head shots off corner kicks at 51:10 to tie the score and at 67:00 to put the Toreros ahead. Robinson iced the match with her sixth goal of the season at 82:54.
Hawaii lost senior defender Kelly McCloskey in the first half to an injury, and that hurt the Wahine defense, UH coach Pinsoom Tenzing said.
"We played well in the first half, but we lost all the battles in the air in the second half without Kelly," he said. "They were very good at creating corner kicks and we didn't have our best header in the game."
The Wahine play their final nonconference match of the season tomorrow at Loyola Marymount.