Challenging schedule faces Wahine in fall
The highlight of the Hawaii soccer schedule finalized this week is a nonconference match vs. national runner-up UCLA at the Bruins' Drake Stadium on Sept. 23.
Ohana Hotels & Resorts No Ka Oi
Aug. 31: Kansas, 7 p.m.
Sept. 1: Kansas vs. Auburn, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2: Auburn, 7 p.m.
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Classic
Sept. 7: Pacific, 7 p.m.
Sept. 8: Pacific vs. Tennessee-Martin, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9: Tennesee-Martin, 5 p.m.
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Shootout
Sept. 14: Duquense, 7 p.m.
Sept. 15: Duquense vs. San Houston State, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16: San Houston State, 4 p.m.
Sept 21: at Cal State Northridge
Sept. 23: at UCLA
Sept. 28: Weber State, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30: Hawaii Pacific, 5 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Loyola Marymount
Oct. 7: at Pepperdine
Oct. 12: *Nevada, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14: *Fresno State, 5 p.m.
Oct. 21: at *San Jose State
Oct. 26: at *Utah State
Oct. 28: at *Louisiana Tech
Nov. 2: *Boise State, 7 p.m.
Nov. 4: *Idaho, 5 p.m.
Nov. 8-9, 11: WAC tournament at Boise, Idaho
Home matches at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park Stadium.
The Bruins finished 23-4 after losing the NCAA title match to North Carolina 2-0.
"The entire schedule is very challenging, especially with the quality teams we are playing on the road," Rainbow Wahine coach Pinsoom Tenzing said. "The first tournament is a real tough test and the (Western Athletic Conference) is so much better, so there are no easy games to come home to."
The Wahine are hosting three tournaments at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park Stadium before taking their first road trip. Hawaii is at Cal State Northridge on Sept. 21 followed by the match at UCLA two days later.
Hawaii's home opener is against Kansas Aug. 31 in the Ohana Hotels & Resorts No Ka Oi tournament. The Jayhawks, 11-7-1 a year ago, return three of their top four goal scorers.
Auburn (11-6-3), a 3-1 loser to California in the first round of the NCAA tournament, completes the tournament field. The Tigers play the Wahine on Sept. 2 after battling Kansas the previous night.
The second tournament, the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Classic, has Pacific and Tennessee-Martin coming to town.
The Tigers, 10-6-2 a year ago, recruited four players from Hawaii this year. The Skyhawks of the Ohio Valley Conference were 5-9-5 last fall.
The last tournament, the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Shootout, features two teams trying to rebound from down seasons. In the field are Duquesne (4-10-2) from the Atlantic-10 Conference and the Sam Houston State (3-15) of the Southland Conference.
Hawaii opens the WAC season hosting Nevada Oct. 12.