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Star-Bulletin Sports

Wednesday, August 9, 2000

W A H I N E _ S O C C E R

Wahine ready to
kick off season

The UH women's soccer team
will face Boise State in the
opener on Aug. 25


By Al Chase

Boise State provides the opposition in the University of Hawaii women's soccer team 2000 opener.

The Broncos, who join the Western Athletic Conference in 2001, play the Wahine Aug. 25.

It is also the opening of the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park and the first match in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational.

Former WAC member Wyoming is the third team in the tournament, meeting Boise State Aug. 26 and Hawaii Aug. 27.

The Wahine begin practice tomorrow for the 2000 season.

"We brought Boise State in to see what they have," UH head coach Pinsoom Tenzing said.

"The schedule is about the same in difficulty as the 1999 schedule."

The following weekend, the Wahine play Northern Arizona and Oregon State.

The first mainland trip has Hawaii at Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara.

In the final preseason tournament, the Wahine host Arkansas, a program on the upswing, and Loyola Marymount, which has several players from Hawaii.

Matches at Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge precede the WAC home opener against San Jose State, Sept. 29.

The Wahine also host WAC opponents Nevada, Texas Christian and defending champion Southern Methodist.

The conference road matches are at WAC tournament runner-up Fresno State, Texas-El Paso and Tulsa.

During the WAC portion of the schedule, UH plays Central Washington here and Oral Roberts on the road. Both are the second half of a home-and-home series started last season.

The Wahine conclude the regular season against the Hawaii Pacific Sea Warriors Oct. 9.

"What you need to realize is the expense of people coming here is really, really forbidding," Tenzing said. "In spite of the fact we help them with some guarantee, it is still very difficult for them to make the trip. We still try to get the very best.

"For instance, we had Florida and Stanford scheduled for 2001," he added. "But, after a coaching change at Stanford, they pulled out and Florida (coming for the same tournament) also pulled out.

"Obviously, it's easier for us to get a road game because it's a home game for them. But, we have to restrict our games to the West Coast to hold our travel budget down.

"There is no shortage of good West Coast teams for us to play. And, they will all play us."

Hawaii finished tied for second in the WAC last year with a 4-2 record and was 12-7-1 overall.


Aug. 25: vs. Boise State
Aug. 27: vs. Wyoming
Sept. 1: vs. Northern Arizona
Sept. 3: vs. Oregon State
Sept. 8: at Pepperdine
Sept. 10: at UC Santa Barbara
Sept. 15: vs. Arkansas
Sept. 17: vs. Loyola Marymount
Sept. 22: at Cat State Fullerton
Sept. 24: at Cal State Northridge
Sept. 28: vs. San Jose State (WAC)
Oct. 1: at Fresno State (WAC)
Oct. 6: vs Central Washington
Oct. 8: vs. Nevada (WAC), 5 p.m.
Oct. 13: at Texas-El Paso (WAC)
Oct. 15: at Tulsa (WAC)
Oct. 16: at Oral Roberts
Oct. 20: vs. Texas Christian (WAC)
Oct. 22: vs. Southern Methodist (WAC)
Oct. 27: vs. Alumnae, 4:30 p.m., UH campus practice field
Oct. 29: vs. Hawaii Pacific

Home matches at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park and start at 7 p.m. unless noted.

UH Athletics
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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