Broncos upend Wahine with second-half charge
BOISE, Idaho » The Hawaii Rainbow Wahine could not sustain their first-half domination of Boise State and lost a 3-2 decision to the Broncos in a Western Athletic Conference soccer match yesterday.
This was a reversal of UH's first conference match Friday, when the Wahine played poorly in the opening half, then dominated Idaho in the second half.
Yesterday, the Wahine (7-6-2, 1-1) took a 2-0 lead in the first 24 minutes and led at the half 2-1 after outshooting Boise State 15-5, but gave up two quick goals in the second half.
The Broncos (6-5-2, 1-1) only got off three shots in the second half, but two found net.
"Give Boise State credit. They came back strong in the second half and won most of the balls," said UH coach Pinsoom Tenzing.
"I think the long trip took its toll. Their three goals were the result of lack of attention to detail and concentration. We gifted them."
Ambree Ako's fourth goal of the season at 18:07 off a pass from Jessica Domingo put UH up 1-0. Ako sent her left-footed shot from 8 yards out inside the right post.
Taryn Fukuroku set up the second goal with a drop pass from the top of the box back to Domingo, who fired a 25-yarder over the head of BSU goalkeeper Kim Parker.
Mililani grad Annie Tom's third goal of the season started the Broncos' comeback with an unassisted goal at 32:35.
"She (Tom) broke through and no one tracked her. She shot, hit the post and was able to get the rebound and hit it in. No one marked her the whole time," Tenzing said.
Kristin Hall tied the score at 72:06 on a 15-yard shot and Brennan Lau scored the unassisted match-winner minutes later at 74:25 with a low shot from the left.
"They had people running through and no one was picking them up. We seem to be in love with playing offside and not tracking our opponents," Tenzing said.
UH managed just one shot in the second half and it was not on goal after putting 9 on goal in the first 45 minutes.
"Today, for the first time, our not finishing in the first half really came back to haunt us. It could have been at least six goals by the half," Tenzing said.
The Wahine return today and start their final homestand Friday with a 7 p.m. match against Louisiana Tech at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park stadium.