Saturday, September 25, 1999
Wahine top Portland State
WAHINE PLAYBOOKStar-Bulletin staff
The University of Hawaii women's soccer team began the first of three consecutive weekend road trips with a 1-0 win yesterday.
In the first ever match with host Portland State, goalkeeper Demarre Sanchez increased her consecutive minutes without allowing a goal and striker Veronica Flores scored the game winner for UH.
The teams battled to a 0-0 halftime tie despite UH holding a 9-5 advantage in shots on goal.
Thirty-two minutes into the second half, Dawn Dasher headed a cross at PSU goalkeeper Erin Meyer.
"Dawn changed the direction (of the ball) and their keeper had to dive and slap at the ball," Flores said. "It was about two ball lengths away from her and I just had to stick my foot in there and get a shot off. Luckily I was there at the right time."
The Vikings got 14 shots off, but Sanchez was only required to make saves on three. She has not allowed a goal during the last 350 minutes guarding the net.
It was the fourth consecutive shutout for UH. Sanchez owns two of those and shares the other two with freshman Stephanie Pearson.
This is the second straight season UH has won its opening road match.
Hawaii 0 1 - 1 Portland State 0 0 - 0UH: Veronica Flores (unassisted), 77:30.
Shots-UH 18, PSU 14. Saves-UH 3, PSU 3. Corner kicks-UH 2, PSU 1. A-205.
Coaches: Portland, Clive Charles, 11th season (159-37-11, .795). Hawaii, Pinsoom Tenzing, 6th season (34-54-6, .394).
at Portland Pilots
Season: Portland (3-4-1). Hawaii, (4-2-1)
Series record: First meeting.
Top players: Portland, strikers Susanna Heikari (3 goals, 3 assists) and Kylee Barton (1 goal, 3 assists) and midfielder Lisa Casagrande (2 goals). Goalkeeper Angela Harrison (0.43 goals allowed per match this year, 0.37 career) ... Hawaii, goalkeeper Demarre Sanchez, who extended her scoreless minutes streak to 350 against Portland State yesterday, and strikers Jennifer Starsiak and Veronica Flores, each with three goals.
Match keys: Although currently unranked, Portland has been a national power for years and no doubt will be back in the polls soon. The Wahine, with a road win in the bank, need to play the Pilots the same way they did in the Stanford match - staying with the offensive plan and not panicking even under heavy Portland pressure. The defense must use the ball wisely, not just blast it clear for it likely will return in a hurry.
Kickoff: Tomorrow, 11:15 a.m., Harry A. Merlo Field.
On the air: None.
Ka Leo O Hawaii