Nevada ends UH’s season
RENO, Nev. » The Nevada Wolf Pack repeated their match-opening performance of seven days ago against Hawaii by scoring two quick goals in yesterday's 3-0 win in the rain.
The No. 3-seeded Wolf Pack (12-4-3) advance to a semifinal match today against No. 2 seed Utah State (10-7-2) in the Western Athletic Conference women's soccer tournament.
Samantha Miller did the early damage by scoring at 7:39 with an assist from Miranda Montejo. Miller then scored her seventh goal of the season 65 seconds later off an assist from Devin Moe.
"We didn't create any offense. We were intimidated by their furious start," said Hawaii coach Pinsoom Tenzing. "We knew it was coming. We practiced for it, but when the event happened we couldn't cope with it.
"They applied a lot of pressure. We had two new players (Kelly McCloskey and Shawn Higa) and it was a surprise to them. After about 15 minutes they were OK."
The final goal at 47:46 was an own-goal. Miller crossed the ball into the box and it deflected off McCloskey's hip into the net.
"We gave that one away. It happened so early in the second half that it killed any hope," Tenzing said.
Hawaii, ousted in the first round of the tournament for the fifth consecutive season, finished with an 8-12-2 record.
In yesterday's other first-round match, No 4. seed San Jose State beat No. 5 seed Boise State 4-2 on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 0-0 double-overtime draw.
The Spartans (7-10-3) face top seed Fresno State (12-5-2) in today's other semifinal.
Note: UH sophomore Taryn Fukuroku and junior Jessica Domingo were named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Distict VIII soccer team yesterday.
Fukuroku (Baldwin) was named to the all-district second team. She maintains a grade-point average of 3.36 while enrolled in the school of General Arts & Sciences.
Domingo (Kamehameha) was named to the all-district third team. She holds a 3.53 GPA as a kinesiology and leisure sciences major.